Ryan Kelly vs. Iliyan Markov
Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, England – 2 December 2021
The first of five December festive fight nights under the BCB Promotions banner took place at the Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre last night (Thursday, 2nd December).
Ruthless Ryan Kelly topped in a scheduled six round contest against Bulgarian Iliyan Markov.
The Birmingham Middleweight returned from a two year boxing sabbatical in October and once again got valuable ring time under his belt.
The John Costello trained fighter is targeting titles in 2022 and looked sharp and ready against a tough opponent in Markov.
Kelly picked his shots well and caught Markov with a beautiful body shot at the end of the fourth, doubling the Bulgarian up as he took an 8 count before being saved by the bell.
Kelly continued to pour forward in the fifth and dropped Markov twice with stinging shots before referee-for-the-evening Kevin Parker waved off the contest.
Birmingham’s Brandon Jones opened the show with a 40-36 victory over Wolverhampton’s Antony Woolery.
Light heavyweight Jones, one of three John Costello fighters on the bill, will have learned a lot from the four rounder against the tough and experienced Woolery. Brandon moved to 2-0 with his win.
Brandon’s cousin, Troy Jones, also trained by Costello, followed suit with an identical 40-36 win to also move to 2-0.
Troy took on Plymouth’s Christian Hoskin-Gomez in what was a very entertaining bout.
With his obvious height and reach advantage, the Brummie super middleweight looked to keep it long but Hoskin-Gomez closed the gap and the pair went toe-to-toe for the majority of the four rounds.
WBO and IBF Super Flyweight Champion, Ijaz Ahmed, made light work of Spain’s Alejandro Torres in a scheduled 6×3’s.
‘Jazzy’ was due to face Quaise Khademi for a third time after beating and drawing with the Londoner. The British Title was set to be on the line once again but an injury to Khademi has led to the fight being postponed until 2022.
BCB trained Ahmed took the chance to get some rounds under his belt. Catching Torres at will, Ahmed dropped the Spaniard in the fourth and put him away with a flurry of spiteful shots that led to Parker rightly waving this one off 36 seconds into the fifth round.
Wednesbury light heavyweight, Josh Stokes, made a welcome return to the ring after a four year absence.
Trained by Richie Ghent, Stokes blew away the ring rust against Spaniard Jonathan Castano who retired on his stool at the end of the second round.
Stokes caught his opponent with a huge right hook in that second round which Castano never fully recovered from.
BCB are back in action next Wednesday in Northampton and next Sunday in Wolverhampton. For more details, visit bcb-promotions.com.
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