Boxing: A match made in heaven for Jason Cunningham

Jason Cunningham won every round of his fight with the awkward Csaba Kovacs - and landed himself a new fiancee in the aftermath.

English super flyweight title hopeful Cunningham had more than enough skill to beat the Hungarian. And he celebrated in style by proposing in the middle of the ring to girlfriend Becky Sabin, who gave a quick yes.

It was not quite as smooth sailing for the Doncaster’s former ABA champion against Kovacs as southpaw and orthodox fighters combined in the worst way. Legs were frequently tangled and Kovacs looked to spoil.

Cunningham was in full control when he boxed at distance but he occasionally was dragged in close where he was far less affective.

Nevertheless, it was a welcome return to winning ways after consecutive defeats and a useful warm-up for and English title fight in May.

Experience counts in boxing as two of the bigger bouts on the bill proved.

Jason Ball upset the odds to defeat Luke Crowcroft - most recently seen impressing in the latest edition of Prizefighter - for the British Masters Bronze middleweight crown.

And though hardly as well travelled fighter himself, Robbie Barrett was just that bit smarter than rookie rival Brad Botham who he outpointed to win the Central Area lightweight title.

This bout of the night was an all-Barnsley affair, localised further with the two men growing up in villages just a couple of miles apart.

Botham’s rise to title contention was a rapid one, after only turning pro in September. And his inexperience proved the difference.

Barrett managed the fight well in the main, largely keeping a distance and working off his jab. Botham was aggressive and enjoyed good periods of pressure to ensure the fight always remained close. Indeed it was somewhat surprising when Barrett was given the fight on a 99-92 margin which seemed far too wide.

There could also be questions asked of the scoring in Ball’s win over Crowcroft which could easily have gone either way.

Ball took a 77-75 call in a fight lacking real action or incident. Crowcroft looked lethargic and only impressed in brief flurries.

Former Central Area champ Ball on the other hand kept things simple throughout, his consistent approach possibly key to his victory.

In explosive terms, the best was saved for last as Barnsley’s Andy Townend blitzed John Green in the third of a scheduled ten round affair.

Townend should have contested the English super featherweight title but opponent Femi Fehintola withdrew injured.

And Townend took his frustration out on Middlesbrough’s Green, twice putting him down in the third with hefty body shots before finishing the bout for good with a vicious uppercut.

Conisbrough’s Steven Hale opened the night with a quickfire win over Harvey Helmsley, earning a first round stoppage.

Doncaster’s Adam Jones suffered a shock 40-37 points loss to journeyman Simone Lucas while Aston Jolly looked strong in winning every round against Bheki Moyo.