It was an evening of high, lows and heartbreak for Longshots Sports this weekend. Mason Cartwright, Lyon Woodstock and Mikey Sakyi all laced up the gloves to fight underneath the sun on the centre circle of Leeds United’s 37,000 seater stadium, Elland Road.
One punch can change the course of a fight; a familiar quote within boxing and backed up by the manner of Mason Cartwright’s defeat to Darren Tetley. A fight which Cartwright controlled from the off only for Tetley to land a stabbing left glove to the mouth of the Ellesmere Port native, creating a gash which was a good couple of centimetres long from the right side of his mouth and upwards. Being the warrior-boxer he is, Mason pleaded his case to the ringside doctor and referee to carry on with the fight, but it was the correct decision to halt the contest.
It was a fight with a quality standard of boxing on display. Both fighters proving they are very well schooled within the sweet science as their game plans were brought into action. Southpaw Darren Tetley, comfortable with operating on the outside and using cute footwork, changing his angles regularly to keep Cartwright thinking; but It was the latter who controlled the fight.
Mason Cartwright in the orthodox stance, taking charge of the centre of the ring, keeping his lead left foot on the outside of Tetley’s right and finding a home for his right hand in regular bursts all throughout the contest. Tetley’s smart work kept the rounds close but Cartwright always made sure he had the last say by responding to anything Tetley threw at him with greater malice in the punch. Cartwright had a commanding lead at the halfway point, winning 4 of the 5 rounds on my scorecard.
Tetley, taking the short trip over from Bradford, had to chase the fight, and chase the fight was exactly what he did. A bloody nose for Mason in the 6th looked to be giving him minor issues, as Cartwright’s work rate decreased, Tetley began to force the pace. Cartwright replied with a solid 7th round, but it was the 8th when the fight turned into a contest.
A swooping left hook from Tetley dragged across Mason’s face, catching him off balance and forcing him to touch down with both gloves. Despite argument of a slip, the referee made the correct call deeming it a knockdown. Tetley sprung to life as he pounced on Cartwright to finish the job and landed several shots onto Cartwright, only for him to show true grit and land a peach of a right hand in return which rocked back the head of Tetley.
The 9th was when the contest ended. Tetley leaving the ring with the WBO European title around his waist and Mason leaving with a bloodied, loose upper lip; but also with new found respect for both fighters by the watching fans and by each other. With BT Sport broadcasting the fight which was on the undercard of a highly anticipated world title fight in Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington, there is no doubt Cartwright’s stock has risen for his gutsy display.
Also on the bill, Lyon Woodstock made his first outing of 2018 and eased his way through the always-tough Edwin Tellez, winning every round of their 8 round contest. Tougher opposition are ahead for Lyon as he shall be back in the ring defending his WBO European strap sooner rather than later.
Mikey Sakyi took a gamble Saturday evening by stepping in to fight undefeated Leeds native Danny Wright; but it was unfortunately a gamble which didn’t any off as he got soundly beaten on the referee’s scorecard 60-54.