Peacock pair show power

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 May 2015

Anthony Yarde celebrates victory on his professional debut at Wembley

Anthony Yarde celebrates victory on his professional debut at Wembley


Patterson and Yarde earn good wins at Wembley

Reece Collins and Michael DunneReece Collins and Michael Dunne

Peacock gym duo Ahmet Patterson and Anthony Yarde fired out warnings as they impressed on the Frank Warren show at Wembley on Saturday.

Patterson, the former English welterweight champion, looked a genuine light-middleweight threat as he made his debut in the division with an explosive fourth-round win over John Brennan.

Yarde, a hard-hitting prospect, showed his light-heavyweight ambitions on his pro debut, as he hammered his way to a two-round triumph over Lincoln’s Mitch Mitchell.

Fast-punching Patterson zipped accurate jabs and solid hooks through his rival’s defences as he took control against the Slough fighter.

Gerry Saunders and Terry AbbotGerry Saunders and Terry Abbot

The pay-off punch was a left hook to the solar plexus that left Brennan in pain and unable to rise at the end of the fourth as Patterson recorded his 15th straight win.

“I feel good at the heavier weight - now I want some more wins and look for titles,” said the Peacock boxer.

Mitchell, a tough journeyman with a reputation for durability, had not been stopped in his last 20 fights, but soon buckled under Yarde’s onslaught.

The new pro calmly stalked his rival before unleashing a savage body attack that left Mitchell gasping for breath on the canvas.

He gamely continued, but was battered to the head and body and a powerful right dropped the Lincoln fighter for the full count.

“It was good to win my debut, now I want more fights to improve and climb the rankings,” said the ambitious 23-year-old Yarde.

Local amateur rivalry rolls over into the paid ranks as Johnny Coyle bids for the vacant Southern Area light-welterweight title against Philip Bowles on the Goodwin bill at York Hall on Saturday.

Prizefighter winner Coyle, a former Newham amateur unbeaten as a pro, faces ex-Repton boxer Bowles who has suffered a single defeat in 10.

Goodwin promotions claim the best non-TV show in London with a quartet of Area title fights, plus Masters championship matches in a dozen-bout bill.

Other Area title fights booked include Adam Dingsdale v Simon Devine, Jamie Speight v Ian Bailey and Johnny Garton v Martin Welsh.

Cassius Connor, Danny Goode, Adam Salman nd the Upton brothers Anthony and Sonny are also set to feature.

*Three wins at Swindon on Saturday saw a trio of West Ham boxers move through the pre-quarter finals of the English Schools’ championships.

Reece Collins showed determination as he came back after an even start to take control against Joel Garrett (Avalon) and clinch a split points verdict in the Class B 56kg clash.

Michael Dunne, looking to follow up his 2014 title success, beat Danny Penfold (Ferndown) on a unanimous points verdict after scoring a late standing count on his way to the Class B 48kg win.

The third West Hammer to move through to the quarter-finals was Gerry Saunders, who eliminated Drew Hunt (Walcot) on unanimous points vote, also recording a standing count in a Class A 4lkg clash

They now all move on to the quarter finals contests in Portsmouth next weekend.

*Fairbairn boxers will be in action on their own club dinner show at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell on Friday with a line-up of home boxers matched against visiting opposition.

*Fight for Peace bantamweight Haris Najeeb avenged an earlier defeat by Toby Clayton (Aylesbury) with a determined display at Aylesbury where the 17-year-old Newham boxer was good value for the win.

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