Dudley, UK : Friday 4 Mar
Midlands boxing was alive and punching on Friday night as Errol Johnson’s BCB Promotions brought its unique and most special stable of professional prize fighters to Dudley for VENGEANCE at the VENUE.
Topping the bill, Brummie lad Tommy Collins outshone Des Newton in a 6 round super lightweight contest, to chalk up his fifth win in the pro ranks.
The Venue, Dudley’s ace boxing venue, was buzzing. ‘Tommy Gun’ fans packed the hall and gave the Midlands boxer everything a promising new fighter could want in voice and song.
And it did him good. Newton in his entrance alone had made clear that he was in no mood to be intimidated by a hostile crowd, and he instead went on to use their energy to juice up his crackling mojo.
Consequently, a cracking contest unfolded – sometimes fought at arms’s length, sometimes in the pocket.
At times Collins took the spotlight and looked quite brilliant. Undeterred by the showboating, posturing and taunting coming from the fighter in front of him he stuck to his task, fought intelligently and kept picking up the points with a sparkling array of neat shots.
Newton’s sheer grit at times also took centre stage.
There were some moments when he would just drop his guard and marched forward with a stoney gaze, as if being driven by a higher force than himself.
It was like he was inviting the blows knowing he could withstand them. In those moments I’m sure he had some of us momentarily believing that this man from Devon was virtually indestructible.
On a couple of occasions he stuck his chin out, took the shots and smiled.
It was hard to take your eyes off the display. The two fighters in combat took up most every space the ring had to offer. Newton’s offence was being matched by Collins’ defence – but when the roles were reversed, and it was Collins on the offensive, he was scoring.
The bout went the distance with referee Chris Dean scoring it 58-55 in favour of the Midlands boxer, much to the delight of the region’s many fight fans, most of whom were not backward in letting the world know how pleased they were.
In other words, they were loud and proud. (And with good reason.)