It was a very tidy and composed performance by the super welterweight and he used his greater height and reach to his advantage extremely well. Cheema took control of the centre of the ring from the off and found it too easy to cut off the ring, keeping his opponent on the outside then smartly increasing the aggression as soon as Lovell touched the ropes. The tactic put Lovell on the canvas three times in the first round, one of those being called a slip.
The shots started to find their target much cleaner in the second round. As early as the first 30 seconds of the round saw a left hook land square in the face of Lovell as he stumbled back and eventually fell down to the canvas just before crashing into the ropes. Lovell beat the count but Cheema pounced back on him and moments later another left hand found it’s target and Lovell hit the canvas once again. Despite beating the count, Howard Foster immediately waved the fight off having seen Lovell on the floor far too many times during the duration of the fight.
On the undercard, Jack Rafferty continued his impressive beginning as a professional by defeating respected journeyman James Gorman on points, quite literally giving the Belfast native a ‘season’s beatings’ all throughout the contest.
The journeyman’s battered and bruised face told the whole story of the contest, being punched pillar to post for 12 minutes and without a doubt earned his money by miraculously surviving until the final bell. Gorman’s animating showing of respect towards Rafferty after the contest showed his approval of the Mancunian’s boxing display as Jack all but cements his reputation as a fighter to keep an eye on for the future.
CJ Challenger described his victory in Halifax as a ‘boxing clinic’ and you wouldn’t find anybody in the Northbridge Leisure Centre who would disagree with the young Leicester boxer. CJ boxed beautifully for six rounds against the rough-and-tough Nicaraguan, Geiboord Omier, defeating him comfortably 60-54 on Howard Foster’s scorecard.
Omier tried his best to turn the fight into a scrap, but Challenger showed he had the tools to keep the fight controlled at his own pace which suited his style. CJ’s footwork and movement was too slick for Omier as a crisp jab was the only tool needed to claim victory. Challenger controlled the distance with his jab and then punished Omier with a sweet right uppercut every time he stepped in. By the fourth round Omier was clearly out of ideas as Challenger hardly ever looked out of first gear. The Leicester man finishes the year with a professional record reading 6-0.
English Super Bantamweight Champion Josh Kennedy defeated the mean-looking Ghanaian, Michael Barnor comfortably 60-54 on the scorecard as he ticked over and looks to have a big 2018 as he moves to double digits and 10 fights undefeated.
Super Featherweight Reece Mould brought down his barmy army to his 6 round contest against Simas Vilosinas as they cheered him on to a 5th round stoppage against the Lithuanian journeyman. Mould kept the pressure on Vilosinas all throughout the contest as Howard Foster had seen enough in the 5th after a solid 6 punch combination landed onto Vilosinas’s head.
Despite the 40-36 scorecard in favour for local man Vinny Atkins, the contest was competitive all throughout in his fight against rookie Myles Vale, who arguably won at least one of the four rounds and could of possibly nicked a draw.
Cruiserweight Dan Garber kicked off his professional with a tidy 4 round decision against Remigijus Ziausys.
The show opened with the other Halifax native, Jimmy First, stopping Jack Green in the second round of their Welterweight contest.