Bunce: Spencer Fearon's Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions Has A Bright Future

Steve Bunce believes Spencer Fearon's Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions has a big future in the sport due to its old school values. Headliners Choi Tseveenpurev and Kreshnik Qato both recorded third-round victories at Kensington Town Hall on Saturday night over Lubos Priehradnik and Zoltan Surman respectively.

The passionate crowd was what left the greatest impression on Bunce though..

"What Spencer's doing hasn't been done in this country - this kind of success, this kind of fervour, this kind of passion - for about 30 years because once tv came on the scene, tv just robbed the game of soul," Bunce said.

"Tv gave you so much money you didn't have to put on competitive fights, tv gave you so much money you didn't care if anyone came through the door. Tv gave you so much money you didn't have to go out and sell it to people who cared.

This guy Spencer Fearon, he's a throwback.”

Tseveenpurev, in his first fight since stopping Derry Mathews in five rounds 15 months ago, eased himself into his contest with journeyman Priehradnik before a devastating counter-right hand put down his opponent early in the third stanza. Although the Slovakian fighter bravely got to his feet referee Marcus McDonnell stopped the contest soon afterwards as the Mongolian Warrior (now 28-4, 20 KOs) reigned in unanswered blows.

Qato (20-6) had far too much for Zoltan Surman and recorded the fourth stoppage victory of his career to the delight of his army of fans.

Elsewhere on the bill, welterweight Nathan Graham (now 9-1, 5 KOs) came out on top of a war with previously unbeaten Tomas Grublys (4-1, 3 KOs) when the bout was stopped on the ringside doctor's advice due to a cut on the Lithuanian's eye.

6ft super-bantamweight Junior Saeed made his entrance to the ring on his professional debut in style riding a Segway scooter, before outpointing Frenchman Yanis Lakrout 40-36.

Finally, light heavyweight Menay Edwards won his second professional contest, 11 days on from his debut, outpointing Jamie Arthur 40-36.

It was the interest the crowd had in all these contests which impressed Bunce as much as the roar from Qato’s renowned vocal support.

"You saw in there, the Albanians there was love, the Mongolians there was love, all the undercard fighters there was love - that doesn't happen at the moment,” Bunce added.

"If you turn tv cameras around at normal shows where there's boxing the people are in the bar, the people are in the toilet, the people are in the toilet. Everyone cared and that's what makes Spencer Fearon's Hard Knocks shows so special."

Article posted on 14.07.2009

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