Boxing - Solid displays from a couple of Charlies on Hellraiser's Camden Card

Mickey Helliet's latest Camden Centre instalment last week was billed 'I Have a Dream' - nothing to do with the poptastic Swedish quartet ABBA, but more than likely a nod to the 50th Anniversary of when JFK bought the farm courtesy of the mysterious chap on the grassy knoll.

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Boxing - Solid displays from a couple of Charlies on Hellraiser's Camden Card
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Solid displays from a couple of Charlies on Hellraiser's Camden Card

Islington light welterweight prospect Charlie Rice (7-1) didn't have it all his own way in his first eight rounder. Slovakian Lubos Priehradnik (6-48) went with the flow, and soaked up two punch combinations and snappy body shots.

Not many of the Slovakian's attacks caused Rice (9st 12lbs) any problems, and although the Islington prospect is sometimes a little static on the ropes, he shows maturity when dealing with counter attacks and holds his shape throughout.

Priehradnik (10st) is a durable fellow and gave Rice a good workout, but the home fighter was busier, tidier, and the eight rounds did him no harm at all. Ian John Lewis scored 80-71 for Rice. BoxRec News had it 80-73.

The second Charlie on the bill, Cheshunt’s Charlie Hoy (7-0) took on Canary Islander Francisco Javier Rodriguez Ortega (1-2) and the first punch Hoy landed (a right to the temple) had Ortega down. He clawed his way back up slowly and worked his way back in, coping with Hoy’s energetic attack bursts gingerly.

Hoy (8st 6lbs) kept up a pace which Ortega (8st 7lbs) found it difficult to live with, but managed a good shift in the third round to make it closer. Hoy slowed down a little in the fourth, which featured some tidy action in the middle of the ring, but took it up a notch in the next round, landing some meaty looking shots.

Ortega managed to put Hoy on the back foot for parts of the closer, but the Cheshunt chappie romped home a 60-53 winner on Richard Davies’ card, and is a joy to watch.

Hackney based Zimbabwean Wayne Alwan Arab was supposed to be on the bill, but the 16-0 light middle went down with a virus. Opening the show, Denmark’s Kasper Bruun (18-0) outclassed tough but slow Hungarian Bulldog Laszlo Fazekas (16-9-1).

The Bulldog (10st 8lbs) bulldozed in and caught Bruun (10st 12lbs) off balance in the opener, but Bruun quickly regained shape and delivered an eye catching combination to take the round.

Fazekas has a fairly powerful jab, but it’s very slow, which allowed the mobile Bruun to step in and deliver single shots in a close, cagey second.  The Dane found more rhythm in the third and started to pull away, frustrating Fazekas, who had started to lean in with the loaf, noted by Richard Davies,. A clash which opened up a cut above Fazekas’ left eye was ruled accidental.

The cut kept Fazekas quiet in the fifth - Bruun placed accurate shots and showed his class. He went on the do as he pleased, with Fazekas finding some energy for the closing round, but the Dane remained in full control. Richard Davies scored 80-72 for Bruun.

Islington based Irishman Joe Duffy (7-0) gained experience against Hungarian Attila Tibor Nagy (6-11)— no Hun intended. Duffy (11st 10lbs) went to work with straight away, planting some heavy body shots, and wasn’t troubled by the occasional swing coming in from Nagy (11st 11lbs).

Duffy was dominant until the last minute of the third, which saw an increased effort from the Hungarian. His previous inaccuracy was corrected somewhat, and he caught the Irishman with some scoring shots - his best work coming in the fourth round.  But Duffy, from Dongegal, soaked up and returned with spiteful body shots. Nagy was warned for using the head for the third time in the fifth, with Duffy sporting a cut above the right eye. He looked incredibly difficult to budge, despite Duffy’s speed and reach advantage.  The closing round featured some superb trades in the middle of the ring, and the Hungarian perhaps gave Duffy his toughest nights’ work so far, despite running out a 59-56 winner on Richard Davies’ slate.

MC Marc Schmid had two opportunities to announce fighters making their professional dayboos.  East Londoner Aarron Morgan (11st 4lbs) made his pro bow against Slovakian Vladimir Tazik (4-23) and it didn’t last long. A right to the head, followed by a peach of a right to the body had Tazik (also 11st 4lbs) down and out at 1.12.  An impressive stoppage from the debutant (pictured below).

I was a bit surprised ro see Welwyn Garden City’s Ben Robinson down to take his first pro bout against Sutton’s Warren Fenn (6-1). Fearless Fenn throws hefty punches, especially at close range, and was warned early on to keep them up by Ian John Lewis.

Robinson (11st 3lbs) was marked up below the right eye, and Fenn (11st 5lbs) found him too easy to hit in the third. A barrage of shots while on the ropes forced Ian John Lewis to (correctly) stop it at 2.31. To his credit, Robinson didn’t go down, but was perhaps unwise to make his debut against the energetic Fenn. Sometimes, boxers just have to take what they can get.

Thatcham cruiserweight Marley Churcher (2-0) has shifted a few pounds since making his debut back in July, but could maybe shift a couple more. He came into the ring to the Pogues classic ‘Dirty Old Town’ to face Solvakian Mario Lakatos, who had lost his luggage during the trip over and had to box in training shoes.

Churcher (13st 6lbs) had the better of the first as Lakatos (13st 4lbs) had a few problems with his footwork.  It was an incredibly scrappy affair, with Lakatos having a point deducted for holding, but Churcher couldn’t find any room to land many  clean shots throughout the fight. Lakatos put up a fair resistance. Ian John Lewis scored 40-35 for Churcher.

A good night’s boxing at the Camden Centre.  It was nice to see evenly matched weights throughout the card. And if you didn’t cop a glance at Mickey Helliet’s Movember Masterpeice, here’s a close up courtesy of BoxRec News’ super snapper Bernard Miller.

Pictures by Bernard Miller for BoxRec News

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