Michael Devine is crowned Southern Area Super Featherweight champion

Michael Devine enters the ring ahead of his fight with Dan Naylor.

Michael Devine enters the ring ahead of his fight with Dan Naylor. - Credit: Archant

ST ALBANS ABC’s Michael Devine stole the show at York Hall on Saturday night, beating Dan Naylor for the southern area Super Featherweight Championship.

Devine recovered from a round-one knockdown and an early onslaught from Naylor to win the night’s headline fight 97-91 on points over 10 rounds.

The bout topped the bill at Goodwin Promotions’ Collision Course and the crowd amassed at the Bethnal Green venue got their monies worth.

Devine’s (9-1) superior record made it seem like a mismatch but it was evident from the first bell to the last that Naylor (3-16-2) was a worthy adversary.

Both fighters came out all-guns-blazing and Devine was first to taste the canvass, Naylor putting him down with a smart right hand. It served as a wake up call for Devine who stepped into another gear.


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Time after time Devine had Naylor against the ropes and unleashed a barrage of punches to the head and body. Devine came racing out of his corner in the seventh but his pace slowed allowing Naylor to connect with a few punches of his own.

Devine dominated the ninth and the pressure finally told in the 10th when he caught Naylor with a right hand that sent him to the canvass. Naylor was up after an eight count and came out swinging but Devine had won the fight.

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There was also success for debutant St Albans ABC’s Myley Cash against Irishman Joe Rea. The 20-year-old was tidy and efficient with his punching and recorded a 40-36 points win.

Saturday night was not so good for Jamie Boness. Up against Lee Markham, Boness looked good in the opening exchanges but three thunderous body shots put him down three times within the first two rounds.

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