Thomas Hitman Harty Junior stars on debut - Doncaster round-up
Doncaster bantamweight Thomas Harty Jnr cruised to victory over Elemir Rafael (27-72-1) in his first professional outing on the Doncaster Dome 'Bragging Rights' card on Saturday.
Hitman Harty looks very fresh-faced, even for a 19 year-old, and showed no signs of nerves as he flew out of the gate and his Slovakian opponent Rafael, who was fighting in his 100th contest, was bloodied and bruised by the left eye early in the first session. Harty Jnr also got cut by the left eye before the end of the opener, but it did little to stop him in his tracks. He showed a different side to his game in the second when he started to counter Rafael who had decided to throw a bit more leather. The Doncaster debutant also impressed in the final two sessions and he was awarded a 40-36 shut-out win by referee Michael Alexander. Harty Jnr is definitely one to keep an eye on in the future.
Doncaster light-middleweight Josh Morgan (4-0-1) is still unbeaten after a 40-36 points victory over York's Graham Fearn (5-14-2). After a fairly scrappy opener, Morgan completely dominated the second which seemed to force Fearn back into his shell for the remainder of the contest. John Latham officiated.
Doncaster's Mickey Davies (4-0) and Norwich's Duane Green (1-1-1) drew 57-57 on John Latham's scorecard in their entertaining light-middleweight contest, in which neither fighter deserved to lose. Davies started well but Green came on strong towards the end and he did enough to nick the later rounds. An immediate rematch seems the logical step for both fighters.
Newark lightweight Fergus Taylor (3-0) is still unbeaten after he outpointed Dewsbury-based Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi (12-59-3) in their four-three's contest. The busiest man in this contest was referee John Latham who had to keep warning Al Hamidi for a series of petulant fouls which stopped Taylor getting into a rhythm to showcase his skills. Mr Latham had it 40-36.
In the show's opener, super-flyweight Connor Nixon (6-1) returned to winning ways with a 40-37 points win over Fenton's Brett Fidoe (2-6-1). Doncaster's Nixon was fighting for the first time since his defeat to Halifax's Scott Gladwin for the Central Area super-flyweight title at the same venue back in April, and he will be quite happy to get four comfortable rounds under his belt as he pushes towards getting another crack at Gladwin. Mr Alexander officiated.