Crafty Coveney causes another upset as he takes rival’s unbeaten record
PUBLISHED: 11:51 23 June 2011
West Ham reputation-wrecker Mickey Coveney once again upset the odds at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Saturday night when he outpointed unbeaten Alex Dilmaghani, from Worthing.
The hot favourite from Sussex was taken out of his stride by Coveney, who has now shocked two of his last four rivals – Dilmaghani and Newcastle’s Martin Ward – both previously undefeated.
Coveney, working hard from the opening bell, scored at close-quarters against the much taller Dilmaghani, who tried to keep the bout at long range.
The West Hammer maintained the pressure, slamming home the effective shots to head and body against his southpaw rival.
Coveney was certainly not flattered by the single point margin in his favour, with a score of 39-38 victory at the final bell.
It was also a winning night for former West Ham amateur Joe Catchpole as he boxed his way to a clear victory over Scunthorpe rival Steve Spence, who ended his three-fight winning run when they fought a draw at Rotherham last November.
The aggressive Spence made a determined first-round assault in an attempt to take Catchpole out of his stride, but soon fell behind as his rival found the target with his accurate jabs.
Catchpole continued to show the skills, shaking Spence with effective attacks to extend his lead going into the last round, and rounded off his victory, firing shots through the defences of his tiring rival to clinch a 40-37 vote from the referee.