LUKE PADDOCK OUT-POINTS ALEXANDER TO SET UP CLASH WITH RIVAL MARTIN GETHIN

Paul Webb

Luke Paddock (14-1 1KO) moved a step closer to a local derby clash against Martin Gethin after out pointing Fonz Alexander (3-29 1KO) at the Walsall Town Hall.

It was the twenty four year old’s second win on the bounce following a disappointing loss to Andy Keates last September and he looked impressive winning every round on referee Kevin Parker’s scorecard.

The former Midlands area champion’s punch output in the first two rounds was non-stop but he was smart enough to take it down a notch and avoid gassing out. His jab which has always been the strongest weapon in his locker was there all fight and although the pace slowed Paddock was ending the round’s strongly as Alexander struggled to land anything significant.

Gethin was scheduled to box on the same card but was forced to pull out with an injury. Even though it’s a fight that on paper makes a lot of sense the former British champion may feel he is a level above Paddock and will want to chase bigger names.

Six months ago Jason Welborn (18-4 6KO’s) pushed former world title challenger Matthew Macklin very close on a Sky televised show losing a narrow unanimous decision. In his first fight back he faced Adam Jones who’s record (5-14-4 0KO’s) isn’t a reflection of the effort levels he shows.

It was a worthwhile exercise for Welborn who blew of a few cobwebs and was made to think at times before taking it 40-37.

Tom Stokes (6-0 0KO’s) retained his unbeaten record dropping Luke Allon in the third round of an exciting contest. The West Bromwich based twenty one year old has been taken the distance in all of his six pro fights but he showed he is a capable puncher with a left right combination which sent Allon to the canvas.

Wolverhampton’s Sid Bowater (2-0 1KO) stepped through the ropes for the first time in just under a year and he put on quite a show for his vocal support. He was matched with novice Dwayne Sheldon and despite Bowater’s fledgling record he was simply a level above his opponent.

With seconds to go in the opening round Bowater landing a huge right hand that saw Sheldon planted to the ring mat and he was duly counted out. It took a couple of minutes for Sheldon who drops to (0-2) to regain his faculties as the official time was given.

It was an impressive showing but Bowater has to keep active and build on this momentum, his fans who chanted Wolverhampton Wanderers songs throughout will surely be back to see him again.

Kyle Williams (1-0 0KO’s) and Chad ‘2 slick’ Sugden (1-0 0KO’s) both picked up debut wins against journeyman but the former had a tougher night of it. A former kickboxing champion the twenty four year old is no stranger to the hazards of combat sport and he picked up a nasty cut above his left eye in the third of his scheduled four rounder.

His corner managed to deal with the injury which was from a legitimate punch thrown by Anwar Alfaldi and he got the decision 40-37. The cut will see him sidelined but he will hope to be back out in May.

Sugden who also comes from a kickboxing background had a much easier night as he displayed some solid fundamental skills beating late stand in Deividas Sajauka by the same margin.