By James Eley – Luke ‘Cool Hand’ Paddock impressed on his way to victory over Fonz Alexander at the top of Black Country Boxing’s ‘Cool Hand & The Gang’ bill at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday evening writes James Eley.
The 24-year-old cruised to his 14th professional win on the show, which was sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall. He dominated the first round landing a flurry of punches on Alexander. Paddock showed his class with silky head movement to stay out of trouble. Paddock was light on his feet as he made easy work of finding the angles to land punches on his opponent.
Alexander came out flying in the final round but was caught on the counter by Paddock who had the result already rapped up. The knockout remained elusive as Alexander took all the punishment without appearing hurt. The crowd applauded the victor on the final bell as referee, Kevin Parker, scored the contest a one-sided 60-54 to Paddock.
Jason Welborn got back to winning ways with a routine victory over Yorkshire based Adam Jones. The Super Welterweight blocked and countered well to dispatch his opponent. The midland area champion developed a menacing cut just above his left eye in the second round but the bout was allowed to continue resulting in a 40-37 point’s victory for Welborn.
Wolverhampton’s Kyle Williams made a successful start to his professional boxing career by defeating Sheffield fighter Anwar Alfadi on points. The 24-year-old did the smarter work throughout the contest. The World Champion kickboxer took a punishing straight shot in the third round but recovered well. Williams sustained a deep cut above his left eye later in the round which left his face covered in blood but after the fight was paused the doctor decided it could continue. Alfadi was put on the canvas early in the final round but the bantamweight got to his feet immediately and referee, Shaun Messer, deemed it a push before scoring the contest 40-37 and handing Williams a solid win for his debut.
Fellow Kickboxing World Champion, Chad Sugden, also made an impressive start to his boxing career by defeating Lithuanian Deividas Sajauka 40-36 on points. ‘2 Slick’ was too quick – and slick for that matter – for his opponent as he rocked Sajauka in the first round with a sharp uppercut. The 21-year-old super middleweight stunned Sajauka with another uppercut in the third round but it wasn’t enough to cause an early stoppage. Sajauka came out fast in the final round but Sugden dodged well to stay out of harms way.
Welterweight, Sid Bowater, doubled his unbeaten record with a crushing first round stoppage over Birmingham’s Dwayne Sheldon. The Wednesbury based fighter brought raucous support who erupted as a straight right hand ended the fight. Earlier on, stablemate, Tom Stokes, came out at a blistering pace in his points victory over Luke Allon. The West Bromwich middleweight was rattled in the second round but showed maturity to recover well. The 21-year-old floored Allon with a sharp uppercut in the third round. The punch wasn’t enough to end the fight prematurely but Stokes recorded a convincing 40-36 victory.
In the opening fight Burton’s Leon Gower produced some solid body punches to extend his record to two unbeaten. The-23 year-old featherweight dodged effectively and comfortably out-boxed Qassim Hussain from Sheffield to win on points.