27th Jun, 2022

BOXING - Coventry teen Jensen Todd wins at Sports Connexion

Aaron Sutcliffe 11th Apr, 2022 Updated: 12th Apr, 2022

COVENTRY fight fans went home happy after Wyken teenager Jensen Todd was a winner at the Sports Connexion, writes Matt Bozeat.

The clash between Todd and Manchester’s Will O’Reilly topped Marc Dwyer’s latest promotion and provided four rounds of quality action.

Boxing for Bell Green ABC, Todd won national amateur honours before deciding to ditch his vest, while O’Reilly was a spirited journeyman who has been fighting on the hard unlicensed circuit.

Todd started to show his class after shipping a right hand in the second round which appeared to switch him on and the 17-year-old went on to dominate the rest of the fight.

O’Reilly struggled to lay another glove on him and every time he missed, Todd countered with quality punches.

He had O’Reilly pinned in a corner towards the end of the second and came close to stopping him in the dying seconds of the third.

The bell came to O’Reilly’s rescue after Todd had knocked him into the ropes with a pinpoint right-hand counter to the jaw and then unloaded combinations.

O’Reilly had tried to fire back in the opening three rounds, but showed less ambition in the last, He tightened his defences and was relieved to get through to the final bell.

Jay Sharkey and Chris Twyneham look set for a decider after Sharkey jabbed his way to a unanimous points win in their rematch.

Twyneham was a points winner when the super-middleweights clashed last November and Sharkey had his revenge, the judges scoring 78-76, 78-75 and 77-75 after eight rounds.

Sharkey said: “One more time?” to Twyneham after his hand was raised and a rubber match would surely be welcomed by fans.

The first two fights have provided quality back-and-forth action.

On Friday night, Sharkey boxed his way into a points lead before Twyneham had more success in the later rounds.

The punch that won the fight was Sharkey’s jab. Twyneham struggled to get past it and his nose was bloodied by the shot by the fourth.

Chris Masterson says he is bowing out of boxing and if that is the case – he went out in style.

The Coventry veteran dispatched Tom Edge from Stoke in the first round with a quality body punch.

Masterson scored an early knockdown with a clobbering right and Edge looked to crowd him on the resumption.

Masterson slammed back to put him on the defensive and spotted a gap for a left hook to the body that put Edge on the canvas struggling to get his breath.

Shannon Caulfield made a winning return after a decade away.

Caulfield won national honours as a teenage amateur and needed all her know how to outpoint Daisy Preston over three rounds.

Preston towered over the 28 year old from Coventry, but it was Caulfield’s pressure that caught the eye of the judges,

There was some good action in the last 30 seconds when both let their hands go.

Josh Tidman continued his winning run. The Bulkkgnton light-welterweight overwhelmed Chris Clarke in the third round.

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