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BCB Promotions returned to the Second City for the first of two nights of action at the H Suite, Edgbaston.
Topping the bill was talented Birmingham boxer, Ryan Kelly, who made a welcome return to the ring after a near two year absence.
Back on these shores after a stint living in Dubai, Ruthless has teamed up with John Costello and made his BCB debut after penning a management contract earlier this year.
The 27 year-old blew away the cobwebs as he worked through the gears against the ever-tricky, Dwain Grant.
His quality really showed at times with his shot selection and footwork but, after so long out of the ring, it was rounds that was key for the popular Brummie and, in Grant as a dance partner, he was able to get them in.
Kelly will be looking to follow up his 60-54 shut out win with another outing before Christmas as he eyes the big fights once again.
Another fighter with his eyes focussed on the big fights is Kane Baker , who was Chief Support. The Brummie Boxer made his second outing in quick succession as he too recorded a shut out 60-54 win; this time over Luke Merryfield.
Baker boxed well once again as he looks to put himself back in the picture for more big nights.
This performance won’t have done his chances of landing a big fight any harm.
Composed and showing good head movement, Baker worked through the gears to pick up another win against a tough and game opponent.
Elsewhere on the card, the Jones cousins both made their pro bows and both Brummie were equally impressive.
Brandon Jones made an explosive start to life in paid ranks as he put Ryan Bithell to the sword.
Jones, under the tutelage of John Costello, looks a real prospect.
After dropping Bithell, Jones mounted a sustained attack before referee Chris Dean rightly waved the contest off after 1 minute 8 seconds of the third round.
Troy Jones, another Costello prospect, took on seasoned Bulgarian, Daniel Borisov.
The 23 year-old also proved he’s one to watch with a solid performance that showed maturity beyond his years.
The Jones cousins are sure to make a noise on the Birmingham boxing scene and beyond.
Instagram sensation, night club owner and reality start turned boxer, Alfie Best, made it 2-0 some four years after making his pro bow.
Best Bested Dean Jones over four rounds to record a 39-37 win on referee Kevin Parker’s scorecard.
Finally, former British Title Challenger, Andrew Robinson, made a welcome return to action.
D’Animal last stepped in to the squared circle when he was defeated by Liam Williams for the Lord Lonsdale strap back in October 2020.
The 37 year-old blew away any ring rust with a convincing 40-36 win over Ryan Hibbert.
BCB Promotions ambitious doubleheader of boxing culminated in a solid five fight card at the H Suite, Birmingham, on Sunday evening.
After an eventful Saturday show which saw the likes of Ryan Kelly and Kane Baker record valuable victories; it was the turn of Shaun Cooper, Tom Brennan, Vicky Wilkinson, Dylan Cheema and Tommy Collins to showcase their talent on Sunday night.
Worcester’s Tom Brennan kicked the show off with an entertaining 4×3’s with road warrior, Paul Cummings.
The contest ebbed and flowed as Brennan tried to negate the obvious reach advantage that Cummings, the taller and rangier of the two, had.
Cummings did catch Brennan in the second round but the Swindon Town fanatic held and gathered himself before returning to his game plan to land a 39-37 victory.
Next up saw a Midlands Derby between Willenhall’s Shaun Cooper and Birmingham’s Sean Davis.Cooper, trained by former British Champion Martin Gethin, started well, boxing on the front foot.
The Scorpion was catching Davis with stinging blows but credit to Showtime who absorbed them and tried to close the gap at every opportunity.
Cooper ran out a deserved 40-37 winner though as he looks to get back amongst the title mix in the coming months.
Next up was Vicky Wilkinson who was making her pro debut at the age of 37.Wilkinson, from Darlaston, took on Stoke’s Beccy Ferguson over 4×2’s.
In an entertaining encounter, it was the debutant who picked up a 39-37 win.
Birmingham’s Dylan Cheema made his pro bow after a stellar kickboxing career.
‘The Natural’ stepped in with Lee Connolly and, as with Wilkinson beforehand, recorded a 39-37 win.
Connolly played his part though and pushed Cheema all the way.
To his credit though, Cheema kept to his game plan to make it a winning start to the pro game.
Popular Birmingham boxer, Tommy Collins, topped the bill against foreign opposition.
The 23 year-old Blue Nose took on Ukraine’s Vitalii Maksymiv.
He didn’t disappoint his army of fans as he eased to a 40-36 shut out win to move to 4-0 in the pro ranks.
BCB Promotions’ next show takes place at Walsall FC on Sunday, 14th November.