Alan Dawson – London
The supporting card at Liverpool’s Olympia on Saturday, January 21 featured a number of notable prospects all recording strong, encouraging victories. Former mixed martial artist Dillian Whyte – a finely cut heavyweight – beat up Hastings Rasani in a four rounder and cruiserweight Danny Price showed good power in knocking Tayar Mehmed off of his feet. Kevin Satchell made Martin Power feel like a past his prime veteran as he out-classed the former domestic champion in every department. Tom Little and Gary Cornish also triumphed.
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Official verdict: Referee’s verdict of 40-36 in favour of Whyte.
A sparring partner of MMA star Rampage Jackson, Dillian ‘the Villain’ Whyte caught Rasani cold three times in the first round and clearly contained the sort of power that could trouble a battle-tested tough man. Whyte boxed well and varied his output: hooking lefts to the midsection, overhand rights to the skull and unloading on power shots… considering the punches he threw in rounds one and two, Rasani did extremely well to remain on his feet, however, the look on his face was one of a man who was feeling extraordinary pain.
Whyte, with long arms and hard fists that were extended like accurate melee weapons, old manned Hastings Rasani. Much will be made of Whyte’s attack: his sheer strength, his undoubted power, his ability to land, yet his defence, too, was astute. He kept himself protected at all times. He applied a traditional high guard where his right glove would provide a cushion to left hooks launched by Rasani and, for a 230lb, 6’4+ athlete, his upper body movement appeared as intuitive and timely as a light heavyweight.
If Rasani evaded Whyte’s lead jab, the attacker did not hesitated to follow up with a clubbing right hand that had one intention – to dent Hastings’ cheekbone. When he missed the right, though, he was found to be well off balance and almost gloved down on the canvas. What was perhaps most impressive from Whyte (4-0-0, 1ko), though, was the precision and the accuracy as, after four completed rounds, he had thrown 202 and landed 97, giving him an accuracy percentage of 48.
“I’m pleased to beat him but I wanted to use my jab more,” said Whyte, 26, to Sky Sports after his win. “I kept on hurting him… the young man in me wants to go for the kill but I’m still learning.”
His trainer, Chris Okoh, added: “He’s got a lot of ability. It’s still early days but I think he’s got a good future in the heavyweights.”
Official verdict: Four round points victory in favour of Price.
Undefeated 23-year-old Price (no relation to main event fighter David), took on Tayar Mehmed over four threes and boxed with accuracy, ring smarts whilst looking like an emerging body snatcher due to all his attention to the Bulgarian’s chest and sides. In round two’s dying moments, Price put Mehmed down with a hellacious tiger uppercut from mid-range. Mehmed managed to get to his feet but, midway through the count, the ring clock sounded and so Mehmed benefited from an immediate one minute’s respite.
Fighting with a maturity that belied his age and professional inexperience, Price threw textbook one-two combinations and demonstrated an understanding of range. Considering his technical superiority and the authority he fought with throughout the four rounds, Price (3-0-0, 1ko) finished the fight in a languid manner as he eased off the gas to conclude a victory that was never in doubt.
“I’ve sparred with David Price so hope I kept him sharp,” said the 200lber to Sky Sports. “I feel like I benefited from that [his third pro fight]. I’m excited to go on.”
Many fighters make proclamations of their domestic title intentions and beyond, when they still hold prospect status, so it was somewhat refreshing when Danny Price said that all he hopes for in 2012 is to see marked improvements in his boxing: “I don’t care where I am in December as long as I’ve improved. I want to see improvement – that’s good enough for me as I’ll get there eventually.”
Elsewhere on the card, two of Frank Maloney’s other huge heavyweights with huge potential Tom Little (3-0-0, 0ko) and Gary Cornish (5-0-0, 2ko) both recorded points wins over Remigijus Ziausys and Igoris Borucha, respectively. Super flyweight Kevin Satchell (7-0-0, 0ko) also defeated former British bantamweight titlist Martin Power in a six rounder.
All Pictures: Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro
Enzo Maccarinelli‘s ring return on Friday, November 18 in London, was short-lived as the Welshman landed at will on undefeated Hungarian opponent Gyorgy Marosi. Also boxing on the York Hall card, was rising British cruiserweight Tony Conquest, who triumphed over Toks Owoh to gain the Southern Area championship. Athletically-gifted and eyebrow-raising prospect Frank Buglioni was also in action and doubled his record to 2-0-0, 2ko.
All Pictures: Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro – London
Colin Lynes left the York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London with the British championship title belt wrapped around his waist having put in a scintillating and relentless slug-heavy performance against former domestic welterweight kingpin; Lee Purdy. The undercard for the Wednesday, November 9, Matchroom Sports promoted event also featured fights involving heavyweight Cuban sensation Mike Perez and former title challenger Albert Sosnowski.
Tommy Barber – London
Cruiserweight prospect Tony Conquest took on Hastings Rasani at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, September 30 in a rematch of their 2010 dust-up and, like he had done in the first bout, emerged triumphant due to a referee’s decision after six rounds. Rasani boxed with a low guard and was caught a number of times with Conquest’s clinical right cross.
Conquest, boxing with silver trunks with a black trim, switch-hit effectively in the opening stanza, employing astute head movement in an attempt to dodge any incoming shots from Rasani; an experienced journeyman of 87 professional bouts.
When on the attack, Conquest adopted the classic two-punch combo that consisted of the orthodox jab followed up with the right cross. Conquest also landed the left jab, right hand, left hook in numerous flurries throughout the opening two rounds. Rasani, meanwhile, was not as active as Conquest and was forced onto the backfoot at the beginning of the third round as he took a head-bound combination flush on the chin.
Hastings Rasani was not as well conditioned as Conquest, who could also brag superior hand-speed, yet Rasani landed his most notable punch of the fight with his overhand right – something that had given him confidence as he unleashed the shot with more regularity for the remainder of the round.
An accurate puncher, Conquest was able to land more punches than usual as Rasani’s low, almost non-existent, guard meant he was always vulnerable to the right hand over the top.
Conquest trumped Rasani by way of a shut-out win in 2010 and would have perhaps desired a greater victory at the York Hall this evening, however, he boxed patiently, probed for his openings – even as late as the fourth round of their bout scheduled for six. Rasani was all too often flat-footed and stayed in front of Conquest – no lateral movement to speak of – which allowed Conquest to pick his opponent off with left hand jabs.
Rasani, clad in black with a camo twist, took two solid right crosses in the penultimate round and returned to his stool with swelling around his brow, however, in the final stanza the Zimbabwean sought to spoil the tempo by tying up. He also tagged Conquest on either side of the body. Rasani was wobbly-legged at the end of the fight after numerous taggings on his chin from Conquest’s right hands… he survived the round and the bout, though, yet it was Conquest who had his arm raised for producing the greater work from start to finish.
With the win, Conquest moves up to 7-0-0, 2ko while Rasani, who has acted as a trial horse for Carl Thompson, David Haye, Tony Bellew, Ovill McKenzie and Matty Askin, slumped to 23-60-4, 16ko.