Joyce vs Parker Undercard – Everything You Missed From The Non-Televised Action
Callum Thompson vs Delmar Thomas
Merseyside’s Callum Thompson moved to (5-0, 1 KOs) with a 40-35 4-round decision win over Delmar Thomas now (5-3). Thompson showed his physical attributes throughout the fight, his power by backing up Thomas, and his boxing ability with the key right-hand lead, unloading with crisp combinations up close.
Thompson scored a third-round knockdown and was on the verge of stopping Thomas throughout the third and fourth but Thomas managed to survive by not allowing the Joe Gallagher-trained fighter to get any leverage by smothering his work. The only honest criticism of Thompson was that all the shots were aimed at a similar height from an equal angle and there could’ve been some variety with the shots which would’ve given him a better chance of landing the perfect punch that would’ve got Thomas out of there.
James Heneghan vs Rod Douglas Jr
Liverpool southpaw James Heneghan went (8-0, 1 KOs) with his first career stoppage over Rod Douglas Jr, who is now (3-5). In the first round, Heneghan dropped Douglas Jr with a counter right hook, Douglas tried to trade with him after the knockdown, instead of holding/surviving, and caught a barrage of shots that almost saw the fight over in the first.
Heneghan displayed throughout the fight that his best work was on the back foot, exposing the holes in his opponent’s defence and punching in between Douglas with the better timing. This was especially noticeable in round two when Heneghan struggled to follow up from hurting Douglas as Douglas was being negative and the Merseyside fighter wasn’t as good coming forward.
In the third and fourth rounds, Douglas started to engage more and Heneghan had more success hooking off to the side catching his opponent coming in. In the fifth, Heneghan timed another right hook brilliantly, similar to the first round, and followed it up with a clean left hand and an unanswered flurry that sent Douglas down; the ref immediately waived it off. Heneghan TKO-5 Douglas
Amaar Akbar vs Kario Wallace
In the third and final preliminary bout, Amaar Akbar (3-0) won a closely fought, four-round decision over Karlo Wallace (0-2). Steve Gray scored the contest 39-37. Akbar controlled the first two rounds making the much slower Wallace miss and keeping him off the end of his jab.
However, from the third round, the fight was much more competitive with Wallace pushing Akbar back and ‘outmanning’ him. The fourth round consisted of Akbar moving around the ring with his hands up for the whole three minutes on the back foot and Wallace unloading power shots to Akbar’s guard. Akbar couldn’t hold his ground in the last two rounds and failed to impress in the contest. If the contest was six rounds, we might’ve seen a draw.