Double debut joy as duo make professional bow

IT WAS a bright night for the Newham debut boys on promoter Frank Warren’s York Hall show on Saturday, when Billy Morgan and Ahmet Patterson both slammed points victories on the undercard.

Both won 40-36 as they opened the show in style with ex-Repton amateur Patterson, defeating 126-fight Midlands veteran Jason Nesbitt in his four-rounder.

The 22-year-old Turkey-born fighter, trained at the Peacock Gym by Tunde Ajayi, slammed home the shots to head and body with a promising performance on his way to his solid victory.

“Ahmet was given a tough test by a very experienced fighter, and did well on his debut,” said trainer Tunde.

The debut display of Morgan also pleased trainer Mark Tibbs who watched the former West Ham BC amateur and ex-England captain, beat Trowbridge rival Dan Carr.

The 20-year-old Morgan showed first-night tension as he tried hard to please his full-volume supporting squad at the Bethnal Green venue, but always had too much ability for a stubborn rival.

Spearing shots made their way through his rival’s defence and although game Carr staged a bold last-round rally, Morgan was good value for his 40-36 victory.

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“Billy’s a top talent who needs a few more learning fights to settle and show his real potential,” said Mark Tibbs, who trains Morgan alongside father Jimmy.

Warren’s show was a night to remember for Cromer’s Walsh brothers with Liam Walsh earning a unanimous decision against Maxwell Awuku to win the Commonwealth super-featherweight title by 119-111, 117-112, 117-113.

Earlier, Michael Walsh blasted a two-minute win over outgunned Ian Bailey, who was floored three times in the brief battle.

Ryan Walsh had to battle against gallant Aberdeen fighter James Ancliff, who survived for eight rounds before losing referee Marcus McDonell’s 80-73 decision.