Wadi wins, but Higgins hopes hit

PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 March 2017

Wadi Camacho prepares for action (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Wadi Camacho prepares for action (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Mixed fortunes for Newham fighters

Wadi Camacho celebrates his Southern Area title win (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)Wadi Camacho celebrates his Southern Area title win (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

There was delight and despair for Newham hopes in Southern Area title action on successive nights at York Hall, with victory for Wadi Camacho but defeat for Alan Higgins.

Big-hitting cruiserweight Camacho regained the Area belt after halting Peterborough’s tough Karl Wheeler in the fifth round on Saturday’s Goodwin promotion.

It was a third victory in four Area title battles fought out in the York Hall ring in the past 13 months for the popular Canning Town fighter as the 31-year old Camacho’s mobility and punch power saw him dominate the exchanges against a strong rival who missed the target with most of his big swings.

Solid shots punished the Peterborough boxer as he backed up against the ropes in the fourth and fifth rounds and a solid body blow saw him crumble to the canvas.

Wheeler climbed upright but looked unsteady and referee Bob Williams signalled the end after two minutes and 27 seconds of the fifth round.

“I took my time and landed some good shots, but the superb atmosphere made it a great night,” said Camacho.

Just 24 hours earlier at York Hall, Higgins lost his Area super-middleweight title and his unbeaten record as a disputed decision went to rival Craig Richards.

“I thought I won, so did most of the crowd, but the referee gave it against me, now I ‘d like a rematch,” said the Peacock gym fighter, who had won his 12 previous pro bouts.

Many felt the two-handed attacks of Higgins had swayed the verdict his way against the long range punches of his taller rival, but not referee Jeff Hinds, who scored it 97-95 in favour of the 26-year-old south London fighter, who is unbeaten after eight fights.

*Former Newham amateur Danny Dignum made it two wins out of two as a pro – both inside two rounds – when he halted Brighton’s Iain Jackson on the Eddie Hearn show undercard.

Picking his punches impressively, Dignum clearly carried the firepower to halt his journeyman rival who he floored twice for a clear-cut victory on his 25th birthday.

*Paul Upton slammed his wat to a 13th straight victory when halting Bulgarian Nikolay Kolyandov in three one-sided rounds at Brentwood on Friday night.

The super-welterweight member of the Upton clan trained by Barry Smith at West Ham outgunned his rival in every round before referee Robert Williams called a halt.

Upton will now cheer brother Sonny as he faces Middleton’s Matt Ryan in Manchester on Friday night for the English super-welterweight title, hoping to become a third Upton Clan member to win a national crown.

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