Ringside report: Kongo catches the eye

Peter Shaw
05/07/2018 6:10am

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Chris Kongo's clinical display caught the eye on Saturday night at York Hall. Peter Shaw was at ringside for Mo Prior and Greg Steene's latest 'British Warriors' show...

Continuing in the high traditions of top promoters and shows down the years at this great ‘small hall’ arena, British Warriors Boxing Promotions’ latest offering at York Hall on Saturday night did not disappoint, with a clinical display from Chris Kongo stealing the limelight.

Twelve solid bouts, including an entertaining female boxing show closer featuring Cherrelle Brown vs Sylwia Maksym put the icing on a great value night out.

Earlier in the evening, Tottenham’s Jeff Ofori outclassed an honest Luke Fash from Hull, forcing the ref to rescue Fash in the last minute of the fourth round. A range of unrelenting, educated punches from Ofori made an early end inevitable. The unbeaten lightweight now looks to be on a roll firmly directed towards a Southern Area title challenge as he continues to improve at a rapid pace.

In fight number eight on the card, Chris Kongo 9-0-0 stunned the ‘Hall’ when he coolly knocked the fight out of the hitherto durable Lithuanian Arvydas Trizno in the opening round.

Spreadeagled in a neutral corner, arms resting gratefully on the ropes either side of him, the referee had no choice in the name of sport, but to thank Trizno and bid him goodnight. At 29 years old, he was a seasoned campaigner with 108 fights behind him but had suffered only nine KO’s on that journey.

The 25-year-old Kongo, winner of most of his 90 amateur bouts and now all nine in the pros, had treated us to a stunning show of cold power edged with a touch of class. Big things can be expected of the south London welterweight, who fought at super welter for this contest.

Other results:
Jake Anthony w pts vs Darryl Sharp
Jimmy Smith vs Lewis Van Poetsch
Alex Bishop w pts vs Rudolf Durica
Darren Gibbons w rsf1 vs Aaron Green
Dan Morley w pts vs Lee Hallett
Jamie Robinson w pts vs Radoslav Miteb
Lewis Adams w pts vs Jules Phillips
Alfie Price w pts vs Fonz Alexander
Ryan Charles w pts vs Phil Williams
Cherrelle Brown w vs Sylwia Maksym