A future Gavin opponent may be Oldham’s Ronnie Heffron, who moved to 11-0 (5 early) by out pointing Peter McDonagh (now 18-26) over eight rounds for the second time in four months. The bout, made at short notice, started well for Heffron as he dug in good hooks to the body with both hands. The body assault continued in the second. While the majority were blocked, many began to find the target, reddening the frame of McDonagh. A left-right combination at the bell seemingly buzzed the Bermondsey fighter for the first time.
The phone booth warfare continued in rounds 3 and 4. Heffron’s body attack was complimented with a good right uppercut. But McDonagh was having more success, finding Heffron on several occasions as he failed to move his head coming forward. By this time some of Heffron’s shots were falling below the belt, with referee Robert Williams warning the unbeaten fighter. Still, Heffron’s activity was winning him rounds.
Heffron was warned once more for low blows in round 5, with the referee failing to deduct a point. By round 6, Heffron’s blistering pace had dropped somewhat, and McDonagh caught his opponent with a lopping overhand right, the best punch of the stanza.
The final two rounds were excellent. With Heffron tiring, he was tagged coming in by a more confident McDonagh who continued to stand his ground. The Oldham man was caught halfway through the last by a wild right from McDonagh, but Heffron rallied late, landing a good straight right to edge the round.
To the surprise of many at ringside, referee Richard Williams’ scorecard was an incredibly close 77-76 in favour of Heffron. I had Heffron winning comfortably 78-74, although McDonagh’s showing will leave many wanting to see him in action again.
On the undercard, Craig Evans moved to 8-0 with a six round points win over the tough Ideh Ockuko. The free-flowing Welshmen scored a knockdown midway through the first round with a good short right hand, but was unable to finish his opponent. Evans continued to outclass Ockuko, who was again hurt in the 3rd by a straight left hand from the southpaw stance.
An accidental clash of heads midway through the 4th round opened a cut over Evans’ left eye, forcing the Welshmen to box the majority of the last two rounds on the back foot. Ockuko, however, could only manage a share of one round on referee Robert Williams’ scorecard as Evans ran out a 60-54 winner.
Gary Corcoran bulldozed his way through Surrey’s Ross Payne in the first round. Corcoran rushed out of his corner and threw power shots from the outset, with a right-left combination hurting Payne in the first minute. A right uppercut moments later forced Payne to take a knee in his corner. While the Surrey man got to his feet at 8, Corcoran, now 5-0 (2KOs), moved in for the kill. Several unanswered shots found the target before Ian John Lewis called a halt to the action with a minute left of the first round.
Things were just as straight forward for Cheshunt’s Charlie Hoy who won every round of his contest with Francis Croes. With Jimmy and Mark Tibbs in his corner, Hoy made a good start, reddening the face of Croes with a right hook in the opening stanza. A straight right hand shook Croes in the 4th, and by the 5th many in the crowd were calling for referee Richard Williams to call a halt to proceedings as a flurry of unanswered punches had Croes on shaky legs. Hoy was unable to force the stoppage in the last, but ran out a clear winner.
Jody Meikle lived up to his nametag as the clown of British boxing with an unorthodox display against Bushey prospect Miles Shinkwin. Meikle repeatedly dropped his hands and offered his chin to Shinkwin, who happily landed at will. Meikle continued to goad Shinkwin throughout the contest, lying on the ropes with his arms down. But such antics saw him lose all four rounds. Shinkwin improves to 2-0.
In another 4 rounder, John Dignum got back to winning ways, out pointing Joe Walsh in an ugly affair. Dignum, a 2011 ABA Champion, was frustrated by the mulling and spoiling tactics of Walsh. A straight left hand landed by Dignum in the last was the best punch of the forgettable fight.