Local trainer Alberto Gonzalez promoted his fourth boxing show of the year just prior to the Christmas break at the Pabellon Deportivo in Catral with a card in which the highlight was the formal presentation of Kiko ‘ La Sensacion’ Martinez, the new European Super bantamweight Champion, to his local supporters. It was also an opportunity for the promoter to showcase the skills of a lot of local talent making the night as exciting as any big time show for the enthusiastic crowd.
One eagerly awaited contest was the professional debut of local Welsh heavyweight Rob Harry against the experienced Russian Sergey Avilius from Murcia. And after two evenly contested openers featuring local favourites, lightweight Daniel Santos, brother of ‘El Tigre’ and featherweight Javier Venteo, Harry eventually entered the ring to the rapturous applause of his local fans.
As was expected from a fighter who was making his pro debut at an age when most prizefighters are contemplating retirement, Harry acknowledged being a little nervous about boxing in front of a hometown crowd. And the nerves most certainly showed when he allowed Avilius to pick him off in the early stages of the fight. Indeed one right hook from the Russian had Harry on his knees and taking a mandatory count.
Avilius was finding his way time and time again through the Welshman’s leaky defence and even the most supportive of his fans must at that stage have feared an early conclusion but as the fight developed and Harry landed a punch or two of his own the Russian found himself no longer having proceedings all his own way. The third round saw Harry finally taking the fight to his opponent as his sheer determination pushed the visitor onto the ropes. By this stage he was certainly the more aggressive of the two although the only punches being landed were coming from the 25 year old Russian.
Harry did have his opponent on the canvas in the fourth and fifth but on both occasions he was deemed to have pushed the Russian to the floor. It was no surprise therefore when the referee raised the arm of Avilius at the end of the five round contest. “I made it hard for myself in there tonight” Harry told the Leader. “I was perhaps just a little too naive and I allowed him to dictate the opening two rounds of the fight. Although I came on strong ain the last couple of rounds the Russian had done too much damage early on”.
One home fighter that did do the business in the penultimate contest of the evening was Catral lightweight Jorge Juan with the very first victory in the thirteenth fight of his career against Mario Ramos. Despite the visitor having points deducted in the second and fourth rounds Jorge was always well on top. “Most of my fights have been away from home and although I know I should have won before tonight you must appreciate how difficult it is for a visiting fighter to get a decision. But in front of my home crowd in Catral I knew I had it in me to make them all proud”.
Images: Rob Harry will be quicker out of the blocks next time he gets into the ring.
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