By James Slater
Photos: Scott Raven
In a terrific battle , Manchester unbeaten Ryan Doyle kept his unbeaten record and won the international masters featherweight title with a desperately close one point win over South Africa’s Michael Ramabeletsa on Saturday night at the Bowler’s Arena in Manchester. The score of 95-94 is reflective of how tough and how close the fight was. Doyle suffered a badly cut right eye and both men bled from the nose. The pace was red hot all the way and both guys gave their all. Ramabeletsa lost a point for holding in the 7th, a round that saw him go down, only for it to be ruled a slip. The South African was elusive and clever, Doyle was all aggression. It all added up to make a great fight. Neither guy deserved to lose really and both warriors spoke of a rematch afterwards. Doyle is now 9-0(5). Ramabeletsa is now 11-11 (5).
Unbeaten super-bantamweight Liam Hanrahan wiped out Spain’s previously unbeaten Sal Tejada in just one minute and 13-seconds of the opening round. A right to the head sent Tejada crashing and he was counted out. Falling to 2-1, the visitor claimed the punch that felled him was to the back of the head. Hanrahan is now 6-0(4).
Bobby Hough, a light heavyweight trained by Matthew Hatton, improved to 2-0 with a 4-round points win over serial clowner, the always durable Jody Meikle. The Stockport prospect kept his composure as Meikle went through his bag of tricks – dropping his hands, grinning,Switch hitting and mugging to the crowd. Hough was all business and he won every session.Score was 40-36.
Making his pro debut, cruiserweight Sam Hyde won a commanding 4-round points win over a tough Elvis Dube of Derby. Hyde of Manchester enjoyed huge vocal support and scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round. Dube, a 29 fight veteran, survived and made it to the final bell only to lose by a 40-34 margin.
Chiseled Welsh heavyweight prospect Andy Jones, a southpaw, improved to 2-0(0) with a good learning fight against Lithuanian veteran Remigius Tiovsky. Boxing in a four rounder of just 2-minute rounds, the learning fighter who is very much a work in progress won every round and won by a 40-36 margin. Tiovsky has been the distance with names Dereck Chisora and Sam Sexton.
Liverpool welterweight Peter Spencer was made to work hard by Polish veteran Arek Malek. improving to 11-0, spencer won by a score of 39-37 and didn’t have things his own way. The Pole was having his 81st bout.
Promising Chorley welterweight Jack Catterall improved to 7-0(4) with a one-way traffic beating of a game but outclassed Aleksus Vaseris of Lithuania. Catteral decked his man in the 1st and looked in for a short night. But the visitor, showing heart, hung in there and really took some shots, to the body especially. Finally, at one minute and 38-seconds of the 5th the ref had seen enough and stopped the one-sided affair. Southpaw Catteral has people excited.
Tonight in Manchester on Dave Coldwell’s latest show “Call of Duty” light welter Kerry Edwards of Wales got the night started with an exciting 3rd round KO over Shaun Malcolm of Sheffield. Wild at times but always aggressive and fun to watch, Edwards won the 1st on sheer work rate. Caught off balance in the 2nd Edwards received a count but was unhurt. Ending matters with a right hand followed by a left to the head, Edwards got the win at one minute and 53-second of the 3rd. Both men were making their pro debut.