Ringside report: Cutler shows his class

Peter Shaw
03/12/2019 10:21pm

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Friday saw another lively night of small hall action from Bendall’s Boxing Promotions, featuring the fast rising local kid, middleweight Lee Cutler. Peter Shaw reports...

Strong and businesslike, Lee Cutler just loves his chosen trade. Supported by a great team, namely trainer Kevin Thorniley and former English middleweight champ Steve Bendall, he’s clearly on a mission in this most competitive of divisions.

It is not premature to say he is an old timers' kind of scrapper in the mould of Jake LaMotta, and the Paddington Express. (The crashing, bashing, smashing Terry Downes). He benefits from classy modern schooling and great sparring. His demolition of Owen Jobburn in two rounds sends out a strong message. It is that if you want to burst Cutler’s bubble, you’d better be ready for a fight, and you’ll need to know exactly what you’re doing.

Moving on down the bill, southpaw Shaun Watt's fight was stopped after two rounds against a deserving Jack Simpson fighting out of Poole.

At light heavyweight, Umar Sadiq (Ilford) stopped Eric Nwankwo (Portsmouth). The losing man started optimistically but soon found himself out of his depth. Maybe he would benefit from a little more roadwork to build up those early flagging lungs.

Bournemouth’s Dean Dodge worked well at super lightweight to take the points from a competitive trier in Stu Greener from Wilts. Well done to both boys.

Southampton’s Jimmy Cooper and Telford’s Dean Jones gave us an entertaining but clear cut points victory in favour of Cooper, which whetted the appetite for the main event which in spite of its brevity was a thrilling end to a good night’s boxing.

These kind of shows are what boxing is all about. All credit to Steve Bendall and to all grass roots promoters everywhere.