Canning Town’s lightweight boxing star, Billy Morgan was badly cut from an accidental clash of heads in the second round against Oldham’s Ashley Mayal at Wembley Arena on Saturday.
The 24 year old East Ender won a technical decision after being 30-27 ahead on the scorecards when the fight was stopped continuing an impressive stat of winning every professional boxing round boxed so far.
The cut required over 20 stitches from medical staff and could set the prospect back in his march towards a title shot that had been planned for later this year.
A deflated Morgan commented on the conclusion of the fight “I was shocked and very emotional when the doctor stopped the fight. Many times I’ve seen fighters stopped due to bad cuts and I have always thought I’d hate to end a fight in those circumstances. But that’s boxing and I got the win which was important.”
Trainer Mark Tibbs describes what he saw from the corner “It was a real shame for Billy as I feel he was just finding his own range with the rangy opponent, he come back to sit down after the first round, he had a small nick under his left eye, goes out for the second and Bill clipped him with a lovely left hook lead and started to back him up. As he started to apply the pressure there was a clash of heads and an awful gash appeared over Bill’s left eye.”
The doctor at ringside immediately warned Morgan and his team that there will be no action for eight weeks but cuts like this can be a terrible plight to a boxer’s career so time has to be given to allow the healing process to complete.
Trainer Mark Tibbs further commented “I’d say it will be at least three months out of action. It’s very unfortunate but it is what it is and I know if Bill has the right mind-set and plays his cards right by ticking over in the gym and being around the right people then he will grow from this experience. On Saturday he looked so much stronger and confident.”
Billy at just 24 still has time on his hands and is staying positive “I’m told I’ll be out for a while which I’m gutted about but I will stay active in the gym, keep growing and learning; this will make me a better fighter for sure.”
In the main event at Wembley Arena, Dereck Chisora controversially stopped American Malik Scott in six rounds as he was bizarrely counted out. The previously unbeaten 32 year old from Philadelphia did not complain about the decision like his corner did and was gracious in defeat.
TKO Gym’s Billy Joe Saunders triumphed over WBO champion Gary O’Sullivan taking his title and handing the Celtic Rebel his first loss in the pro ranks.
Wise Guy Buglioni was taken past 8 rounds for the first time in his career by tough last minute opponent Kirill Psonko. The 27 year old Lithuanian was a game challenger and caught the unbeaten 24 year old from Enfield with some good shots. However, Buglioni took the points decision 79-74 and remains unbeaten with an impressive 66% KO ratio.
Chingford’s Tom Baker stopped his opponent Dean Walker midway through the second after Walker was forced to take a knee after a big shot from Baker. This was the 21 year olds first KO of his career and his fifth straight win.
In a super featherweight contest, Islington’s Joey Taylor defeated difficult Pavel Senkovs with the 25 year old prospect coming through as eventual points winner 40-37.
Bradley Super Skeete once again brought a big following along to witness yet another win taking his tally to 12 fights unbeaten. The BBBofC Southern Area Welterweight champion was busier throughout by throwing lots of shots and using his rangy jab to control the fight. After 6 solid rounds from Skeete he came out as clear winner on points 60-54.
In a 4×2 minute rounds cruiserweight contest Steve Collins Jnr, the son of legendary middleweight Steve Collins, took on Paul Morris. Starting off like a freight train and throwing lots of shots at Morris, the muscle-bound Celtic warrior came through as points winner.
Dimitry Chudinov and Patrick Mendy had to share the honours in a draw in an 8 round contest at middleweight.
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