FIELDS' FISTS FINISH FISTIC FUN: REPORT
The two fights sharing main event status were Paul Brown and Jack Owen contesting the vacant Southern Area Light Heavyweight Title and George Hennon's English Super Lightweight eliminator against Ben Fields.
At 33, Paul Brown had said before the fight that win or lose he was retiring. The Ramsgate man wants to focus on his family and saying goodbye to boxing with a belt would be an excellent way to bow out. His 7-0-0 (0) record and Jack Owen's 5-0-2 (0) featured no losses but also were devoid of any early victories. The Southern Area Title has a habit of proving good entertainment, not least because it's often the first time either boxer has faced someone as desperate to win as them.
Bromley's Owen, at 28, is the younger man and more active fighter. He had the better of the early rounds and had the southpaw Brown sagging on the ropes in the second. It wasn't a knockdown but Owen swaggered back to his corner at the end of the stanza.
Brown battled back in the third, catching Owen repeatedly with his southpaw straight. Owen though marched forward, the bit between his teeth. Neither man displayed much in the way of technical nuance, swinging away and missing often, but you couldn't fault their desire and energy. Brown was just too often second best in the exchanges and began to wilt in the third.
In the fourth he was rocked against the ropes, trapped in his corner covering up but Owen's onslaught was ceaseless and after staggering across the ring, spent and ready for the canvas, referee Reece Carter wisely stepped in and ended the fight at 1:57 of the fourth.
Adrian Martin, who now fights at light heavy and should have been contesting this belt late last year, was licking his lips at the prospect of fighting the winner; "Shark food", he said.
Hennon should never have been allowed to fight on from the second knockdown; he just about got up but his legs and head were not talking, as he danced a drunken jig across the apron. Carter, God knows why (perhaps Hennon's loud support), allowed Hennon to stagger back in and on to Field's fists. Seconds later Hennon was out cold on his back, worryingly motionless for a few seconds. An excellent win for Fields, who is now 12-13-4 (1).
Hennon slips to 8-2-0 (2), and has been stopped in both his losses. Carter, one hopes, will not make that mistake again.
Light heavyweights Timon Douglin and Dylan Courtney put on an excellent four rounds of action. Douglin's faster hands and shot variety had Courtney hurt more than once, but the Cornish man taunted and waved him in. Cruder and slower, Courtney nonetheless put on a dogged display, though lost every, competitive round. His 40-36 victory improves Douglin the 4-0-0 (0), Courtney stands at 2-2-2 (1).
Tall super lightweight Albano Junior used his fast hands to good effect against former English Super Bantamweight challenger Liam Richards. He's on the road now, Richards, but has only been stopped once in 102 fights. Junior had him down in the second but he recovered and made the end. 4-0-0 (0) the 26 year old adds another loss to Richards' 12-89-0 (1) record, 40-35.
A sweltering night of fights where the atmosphere and intensity of the fights increased until it was brutally, abruptly ended with a swing of Ben Field's fist and George Hennon's crash landing on the canvas.