Bolton 9th March Review

Moorcroft impresses in Bolton

James Moorcroft made easy work of Simon Henry, knocking him out in the fourth round, to move up to 10-0 at the Bolton Whites Hotel.

Moorcroft began on the front foot behind his pacey jab forcing Henry to retreat to the ropes where an onslaught could take place.

It was a huge right hand over the top that initially sent warning signs to the Derbyshire fighter in the second round but he managed to reach the bell.

A striking left hook in the third troubled Henry again as it looked only a matter of time until the referee would hold the Wigan fighter’s arm aloft.

The first knockdown came in the fourth after Moorcroft connected with a powerful right hand to stun his opponent before unloading a flurry of punches to send him onto the canvas.

Although, Henry did survive the count, the home fighter was relentless in his pursuit to end the bout and Steve Gray did eventually step in.

Ambomo provides Flatley with tough test

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Jack Flatley was forced to portray his vast array of boxing skills to claim a 59-56 points victory over Victor Ambomo in the main event.

Flatley was fighting in his hometown for the fifth time in his 15 fight long professional career and superbly dealt with the pressure of pleasing his home support.

In the opener, ‘Quiet Storm’ was assured behind his snappy jab, forcing Ambomo backwards.

Although in the second, the Cameroonian native begin to try dictate the pace, throwing more shots at the illusive 24-year-old.

During the third and fourth, Flatley controlled the bout when at range as the pair exchanged big right hands.

It was the Bolton man’s defence which won him the fight as he picked his punches well avoiding the big bombs his opponent tried to land with a stern guard to seal a points victory.

Rafferty cruises past Samuels 60-55

Jack Rafferty eased to a 60-55 points win over Richard Samuels to record his seventh win as a professional.

Rafferty mixed his style well to dominate with the jab from all angles and shot two great hooks to the body in the second.

Although, Samuels was relentless in coming forward, the home fight looked comfortable and pinned his opponent to the ropes in the fourth, firing hooks at the body.

The ‘Demolition Man’ nearly ended it in the fifth with shots to the frame and head of the London fighter who was tired from his earlier efforts.

In the final round, both fighters increased the energy but it was Rafferty who coolly gained Phil Edwards’ decision.

Other results on the night

Muhammad Ali bt MJ Hall on points 40-36

Bradley Rea bt Victor Edagha on points 40-36