Ball drops Area crown while debutants endure mixed fortunes

GREAT START: Harworth's Matthew Brierley won on his debut.
GREAT START: Harworth's Matthew Brierley won on his debut.

JASON Ball lost his Central Area light middleweight crown after a first round stoppage against Sheffield fighter Sam Sheedy.

The Armthorpe fighter rose bravely after a hefty left hook but further pressure from Sheedy saw referee Michael Alexander step in with 55 seconds of the first round remaining at ice Sheffield.

Ball and Sheedy met in July with the Sheffield fighter triumphing 40-37 to strongly state his case for this title bout.

That fight provided no suggestion there would be an early finish when the two met again.

But after a few initial exchanges, Sheedy sent Ball to the mat with a left hook.

And after former MMA fighter Ball returned to his feet, the unbeaten Sheedy piled on the pressure and overwhelmed, leading Alexander to wave to bout off after 2:05.

The Doncaster grudge match between Bessacarr’s James Tucker and Harworth’s Daniel Slaney ended as a 38-38 draw.

The pair had a falling out after Tucker trained under Slaney’s dad Steve for his unsuccessful Central Area title bid against Carl Wild.

Tucker was clearly determined to avenge the appeared slight and provided a real test for unbeaten Slaney.

Slaney coasted through the first round all too simply but he was mistaken if he thought he was in for an easy night.

Tucker went for it in the second round and continued to pile on the pressure in the third with Slaney struggling to keep him away.

Unfortunately for Tucker, he could not keep it up into the final round and Slaney settled back into the rhythm of the first which secured him the draw.

There was a debut to forget for Conisbrough’s Arron Boyce who was stopped in the third round of his clash with Junior Millar.

Dominated from the start, cruiserweight Boyce’s confidence was shot and it was one way traffic when referee John Latham stepped in with half of the third round to go.

Millar edged a scrappy opening with Boyce struggling to settle and this provided the Islington man the confidence to push on for victory,

He looked to bully Boyce and had great success with head shots with the Conisbrough man struggling to survive.

A shot too many sent Boyce down to the canvas and although he rose, the damage had been done and he could not hold back the tide.

Latham waved the bout off after 1:40 of the third round.

Harworth’s Matthew Brierley had better luck on his debut, knocking out Tamai Harding after 75 seconds of the second round.

The opening round had little in the way of action from either man but Brierley demonstrated how explosive he can be with a stunning right hand.

After finding success with a fine left, Brierley followed up with a huge right that sent Harding down.

Nottingham fighter Harding tried his best to get to his feet but his wobbly legs gave referee Alexander cause for concern and the bout was over.