Olympic bronze medalist Karriss Artingstall and Barnsley striker Callum Simpson were both solid winners at Manchester’s AO Arena on Saturday night.
callum simpson beaten down Celso Neves to stop him in just three rounds on the Lawrence Okolie undercard against David Light.
Savoring his time at a big arena show, Simpson entered the ring to the raucous cheers of his crowd of fans.
Simpson and Neves faced off at the opening bell. Simpson praised this approach even as the two opened up with punches.
Simpson shoved Neves back, hammering his opponent to his knees.
Neves manages to get up but Simpson stays on top of him, unloading a full array of punches.
He waved Neves in for a moment, then slammed a heavy right uppercut.
He shook his head and found the body, but somehow Neves got through the opening session.
Neves had to mess up in the second, holding Simpson in the clinch when he could. The action died down and Simpson’s arms started to look tired.
But his punches quickly regained their shine in the third round.
Simpson rocked Neves, a nasty uppercut hitting into a combination. He hurt his opponent again and rocked Neves with a flurry to the head.
But it was when he stepped in that Simpson slammed a punishing right flush. Neves dropped to the canvas, very dazed.
He just beat the count but still looked unsteady when the ref asked him to step forward and he had to be stopped at 1-36.
Simpson was even surprised to see him get up.
“It just collapsed like a deckchair in front of me,” he said. “The ref saved him there.”
The Barnsley boxer, however, stepped into the limelight and made exactly the impression he wanted.
olympic bronze medalist Karriss Artingstal were also very well received by the crowd. From nearby Macclesfield, it was a comeback fight for Artingstall, one of GB’s stars from the Tokyo Games.
Linzi Buczynskyj however, who has won the central zone title and lost only once in his professional career, was an experienced and competitive opponent for Artingstall to face in his third professional outing.
Bolton’s Buczynskyj starts smartly, pulls away, forcing Artingstall to follow her. Buczynskyj dug in to his right and replied with a small uppercut as Artingstall attacked.
But the Olympian likes to put pressure. Soon she was steering Buczynskyj down the ropes and unloading her hard, straight southpaw cross soaring.
His first right hook was solid and Artingstall cracked it through Buczynskyj’s body before whipping him in the head.
Artingstall landed the sternstrokes and won the heats. But Buczynskyj was always combative, needing to keep the fight going, stepped forward to the center of the ring to swing for her opponent in the sixth and final round.
Artingstall was a clear 60-55 winner, however.
Harvey Lamberta talented former British boxer from Hull, won his second professional fight in the first contest of the evening, handily highlighting Casey Brown 40-37 in four rounds.
As soon as he left the ring, he was told that his wife had given birth and that Lambert should rush off.
He rushed to a car to start the 80-mile drive home to be with her.
Shakiel Thompson put Robert Talarek under sustained pressure at the end of their contest. He had knocked out his opponent but Talarek remained resolutely on his feet and went the full six rounds, losing the decision 59-54.
Average weight Aaron McKenna work Jordan Grant more, busy throughout their six-round contest. He lined up clean shots to earn a dominant 60-54 point win.
A well-matched featherweight bout saw Penygraig Rhys Edwards and that of Liverpool Brian Phillips trade furiously, with the pair exchanging combinations, one attacking first, then the other.
Phillips hit with a pair of solid shots but the Welshman hit back hard.
Edwards finished with a few more styling touches in his work, but still on the final lap he got up and fought with Phillips.
Edwards won 60-55, but the fight was closer and tougher than that scoreline suggests.
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