By Iain Dolan
Sam Antwi won a hard fought points decision over ten rounds on Friday night at York Hall. Squaring off against the very game Siar Ozgul, Antwi landed the more eye catching shots throughout even though he was guilty of loading up too much on occasion. Antwi always chose to meet fire with fire, but looked to be the smaller man after coming up in weight and was outgunned by Antwi.
Performance of the night was from Chantelle “Il Capo” Cameron who blasted Tanzania’s Feriche Mashuri in two rounds. Cameron ripped in body shots from the opening bell that you could really hear landing. It was an impressive stoppage win given that Mashuri had take Natasha Jonas the distance a week previously. I spoke to Chantelle’s father, Peter, before the fight and he was at pains to point out how happy she is with MTK and also that she and other female boxers are very much in favour of fighting three minute rounds. Sentiments echoed by her uncle Ervyn who had declined a summons to A&E to be at ringside.
Prior to the fight was a very well observed 10 bells for much loved and respocted trainer Oliver Harrison who had passed away earlier in the day.
Dan Azeez moved to 8-0 (5) with a convinving win inside the distance over Josip Perkovic.. Azeez poured it on for four rounds of a scheduled eight before the referee called a halt. Notable also was Azeez’ outfit of velvet shorts and knee length socks, very old school indeed. If you’re going to dress like Marvin Hagler you’d better win, and he did.
Liam Wells chalked up a 79-74 decision win over Jumannee Camero. Wells boxed well but was never allowed a comfortab;e ride by the awkward Camero. Jumannee said afterwards that he felt the score was too wide and he has a point but Wells was a worthy winner.
John O’Donnell notched a points win over Ilyan Markov over four rounds and kazakh Viktor Kotochigov also took a points win over eight rounds 79-74 over Andrejs Podusovs.