Tucker comes up short in title tilt

Bessacarr boxer James Tucker
Bessacarr boxer James Tucker

JAMES TUCKER gave it his all, but fell short in his attempt to become Central Area champion, writes Ashley Ball

The Bessacarr fighter, aged 27, was too small at light-heavyweight against Carl Wild at the Don Valley Stadium last Friday and faded out of the fight after a promising start.

With Wild considered the classier operator it was unlikely that Tucker was going to snatch a points win. Looking for a stoppage, he fought in short attacks to body and head that temporarily endangered Wild.

As the fight went on, Wild began to take charge and he popped Tucker with a relentless jab that cut off any planned advances to eventually take a 99-92 decision.

Tucker considers himself a super-middleweight and will move back down to fight the unbeaten Ricky Gammon in a fortnight.

“I gave it a go but my gameplan didn’t quite go as planned,” said Tucker.

Harworth’s Daniel Slaney, son of Conisborough trainer Steve, moved onto three straight pro wins by outpointing the seasoned Elvis Dube at light-heavyweight.

Height played into the Doncaster man’s favour this time and Slaney was able to fend off attacks from the Derby man. Slaney also landed some good combinations and was well worth the 58-57 score.