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Fight Night 2

Mason was the winner with a unanimous decision after six gruelling rounds. Next in the ring was Bridgwater’s Joseph Bale in a Southern Area Title eliminator. Bale’s opponent Ross Phillips of the renowned Bulldog Gym in Bournemouth started strong and it looked as though he had perhaps too much for the Bridgwater twenty one year old. However, Bale weathered the storm to come back fiercely and effectively mixing up some delightful combinations that began to weaken his opponent. By the fourth round it was one way traffic that saw Phillips hanging on to Bale in fatigue. The decision however went against Joe on account that he didn’t meet the minimum kick count in three of the four rounds. Club coach Arthur Meek said he will study the dvd before putting forward any protest for a possible rematch. The crowd had little time to settle before another local youngster Chris James challenged for the Southern Area Amateur belt. This too was an enthralling contest over five rounds that had the crowd urging the Cannington fighter on through round after round. His opponent Rob Burbridge of Maidestone was the taller of the two and used this reach effectively from the start. James pushed Burbridge around in his aggressive style and appeared to be wearing his opponent down with his powerful shots to both body and head. However, Burbridge rallied in the later rounds and seemed to be a little sharper with his punches and this reflected in the split decision that went to Burbridge. Promoter Arthur Meek said the Bridgwater crowd were fantastic and were treated to a full night of action that displayed good sporting matches in one of the toughest sports in the world.

Mark Marches over Malik 2

Taunton's Danny Poulsom, in his pro debut, was caught early by a takedown by Bournemouth's Andy Kerr Kerr had obviously done his homework and was not going to get into a scrap with former boxer Poulsom. Kerr controlled Poulsom on the floor but Poulsom defended well and was not in any real danger. Poulsom looked at one time to be about to regain his feet but Kerr saw his chance and spun onto Poulsom's back to force him back to the floor. This was a bad position for Poulsom who could only cover his head while punches rained down.