By James Slater at ringside
Photos: Scott J Raven
Former British and European lightweight champ John Murray returned to the ring after two years out and stopped a game Michael Escobar of Spain in the fourth round of a good action bout on Friday night in Manchester on Dave Coldwell’s Hot Shots card at Bowlers Arena. Escobar was game and tried his best but was simply over powered by the on fire, anxious to fight Murray. Down in the 3rd and twice in the 4th, Escobar was finally stopped by a left to the body. Time was 1min and 43-seconds. Murray is now 32-2, 19 KOs. Escobar fell to 10-8, 3 KOs.
Jimmy Kilrain Kelly improved to 9-0 in what proved to be his toughest test yet as he won a hard 8-rd decision over the experienced Ryan Tomms. Kilrain of Manchester prevailed by a 78-76 margin and likey learnt a lot in doing so. Fought at a hot pace, both men really got stuck in and gave their all. Tomms had a swollen left eye to show for his efforts, while the winner bled from the nose.
Welterweight switch hitter Robbie Davies Junior improved to 3-0(2) with a good workmanlike points win over durable 76fight veteran Kevin McCauley. The Kirkby man tatooed McCauley for all six rounds, never really taking anything in return save a couple of rights to the head in the last session. The score was a reflective 60-55.
Middleweight puncher Mark Heffron scored a quick KO win over Budapest man Achilles Szabo to improve to 8-0(7). The exciting slugger from Oldham dropped his man with a wicked body shot that ended matters after just 30-seconds of the opening round. Heffron is a talent to follow.
Chorley southpaw Jack Catterall improved to 6-0(3) with an entertaining six round points win over a game Renaldo Garrillo of France. Catterrall was the faster man, his rapid combos winning the points. The local man also controlled the visitor with his classy jab. The score was 59-56 and the French man fell to 10-5. Catterrall is definitely one to watch.
At lightweight, Manchester man Adrian Gonzalez won a wide 6rd decision over 177fight veteran Kristian Laight. Winning by a score of 60-55 Gonzalez improved to 8-1. Pretty much one way traffic all the way, with the ultra-durable Laight taking some hard whacks to the body.
Light heavyweight Rob Hough enjoyed his pro debut as he stopped a game Bryan Richardson in the 2nd round. Hough cracked the bull-like Richardson with a snapping right uppercut followed by a left hook, the head shots sending Richardson reeling, prompting the ref to dive in. The time was 1 min and 16 seconds. Hough is trained by Matthew Hatton.