BOXING: Conway is too classy for Casey in Brentwood

Kieron Conway was a classy winner in Brentwood last weekend
Kieron Conway was a classy winner in Brentwood last weekend

Kieron ‘Too Class’ Conway was a class apart in Brentwood last weekend.

The Northampton pro, supported by 100 noisy travelling shoe army supporters, was in tremendous shape as he secured a second round stoppage of Casey Blair from Northern Ireland.

Blair, who came in 5lbs overweight, was made to pay by the pinpoint, accurate Conway who worked body and head in a ferocious attack during the second round.

It forced the referee to step in and save the bloodied Blair from the punishment as he was unable to defend himself.

Conway, who had predicted a second round stoppage before the contest had started, began working behind the jab and controlling his opponent around the ring.

It was clear from the outset that even though Conway was a full 6lb lighter, he had the power advantage.

After wobbling Blair twice in the first round while in first gear, Conway upped the pace in the second, and Blair simply had no answer.

Conway, who was appreciative for the travelling support so near to Christmas, when money can be tight for people, gave his fans a dominant display.

And after the bout, he said: “Thanks to new sponsors, S&D Paving, I’ve had a stress-free camp.

“They have made a real difference to my frame of mind, knowing I can train full-time and my finances are covered.

“With that, the Kings Heath coaches and MTK Global managing me, I’m sure next year will be huge.”

Trainer James Conway, who is a coach at Kings Heath ABC, said “I was pleased with Kieron’s performance.

“While we want higher calibre opponents, Kieron couldn’t have done any more.

“He never took a shot in the whole contest, was perfectly balanced throughout and threw a wide variety of punches himself with devastating effect.

“Yes there are harder tasks ahead, but on this occasion nothing more could have been done. It was a professional display.”

Conway is next thought to be in action in February.

The venue has yet to be confirmed where, but with it becoming increasingly difficult to get him opponents, all options are being considered.

Seven winners for Kings Heath in their novice show

Kings Heath ABC staged a highly entertaining Novice Show at Irthlingborough Band Club last weekend.

It produced seven host club winners in some quality bouts.

Schoolboy Lewis Fuller showcased his immense talent as he overcame Michael Ward (City of Leicester), forcing an early stoppage.

Johny Fitzharris took the early route as he overpowered Ethan Hamilton (Aldercar), forcing the corner to throw in the towel in the first round.

Noel Biddle was pushed all the way by Aston’s Alex Morris but did enough to secure a split decision success.

Johny Smith was challenged by Amir Shirazi (Peterborough Police) but kept his shape to come away with a unanimous points win.

Reece Cowdell showed tremendous heart in his debut bout against Mac Earcott (Bulls), emerging a unanimous points winner.

In a hard-hitting contest, Jimmy Smith was tested to the limit by Kaspar Kovacs (Peterborough) but dug very deep and produced a notable finish to claim a unanimous points win.

Lewis Bee was outstanding in his contest with Scott Henderson (Bourne), forcing a stoppage.

Rhys Aitchison emerged victorious against Kane McGuigan (Norwich) in a bout that had the crowd on its feet.

A close split decision went against Harvey and Shane Fletcher and Danny Brewer, but they showed their mettle.

“This was amateur boxing at its best and rawest,” said Kings Heath head coach Arthur Daly.

“We had none of our top team out as we wanted to give our new lads the opportunity.

“It didn’t all go to plan but there was a lot of talent and development for the future.”