James Beech Jnr takes Midlands belt
James Beech Jnr claimed the vacant Midlands area super featherweight title in dramatic style stopping Louis Fielding in the 9th round at the Walsall Town Hall.
The event went without incident in what was a great advertisement for small hall boxing as both sets of fans mingled with each other to support their respective fighters.
The 21-year-old came in to the fight unbeaten and was out of the blocks quickly pushing Fielding, who had previously challenged for the belt, on to the back foot. Beech looked very much the favourite and racked up the early rounds comfortably, working behind his impressive jab.
A clash of heads in round four halted the pace as a nasty cut opened up over Beech’s eye giving Fielding some much needed confidence.
Referee Shaun Messer had his work cut out for him as both men landed body shots that were borderline low, with Beech Jnr getting a warning in the sixth.
They continued to trade blows as Fielding looked to target the injured eye but he still wasn’t doing enough to deter Beech Jnr, who was putting together some lovely combinations.
With blood continuing to flow from the cut, the ringside doctor took a long look and the crowd nervously awaited to see if the bout would be stopped. Despite being way up on the cards Beech Jnr’s sense of urgency increased as he was allowed to continue.
A series of straight right hands staggered Fielding and he sank to the canvas with the fight being waved off in the ninth round enthralling the packed crowd in attendance.
The undercard for the stacked BCB Promotions card saw Tyler Denny beat Darryl Sharp 60-54 in his come back bout following his unsuccessful English title challenge in September.