English title shot awaits Nathan Dale after impressive Norwich victory
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Nathan Dale strengthened his claims for a say in the destiny of the British welterweight belt in impressive style on Fiday night.
The 25-year-old took his record to a perfect 20 wins from 20 outings with a powerful 60:54 points win over Artur Geikins.
It was Dale's third fight back since an absence of a year because of hand surgery – and his next outing at The Halls in Norwich will be an English welterweight title fight on November 25.
Dale showed how eager he was to put on a show for his local fans as he came out all guns blazing in the opener - and having been caught with a right, simply smiled and rewarded Giekens with a flurry of punches that sent him scurrying.
Giekens was fortunate to stay on his feet after another attack as Dale mixed it up perfectly in an impressive opening salvo.
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The straight left to the body was the preferred weapon of choice in the second as Dale took the wind out of Giekens' sails. The pain continued throughout the six rounds, although the man from Bognor was durable, if nothing else.
Norwich's Zaiphan Morris took his record to nine unbeaten – but did it the hard way.
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The 31-year-old is a late starter to the sport, but has packed plenty of fights in since his debut less than two years ago.
The only slight blemish is a draw, and he was mighty close to another last night, when tricky southpaw Inderpreet Gill proved an awkward customer.
Morris perhaps needed an impressive final round to cast aside any doubts in referee Lee Cook's mind, and he obliged with an early attack that had Gill running for cover.
The Norwich man then landed a big right moments before the final bell sounded to confirm a 40:38 victory
Lowestoft's Craig Poxton ended bloodied but victorious against Andy Harris, from Gloucester.
Both men suffered cuts above an eye after a clash of heads in the second round – hardly a surprise given the rough-house manner of the fight. Neither fighter had managed to land much in the way of clean punches, with Poxton often tied up by opponent's holding.
But Poxton was always the classier and more aggressive of the two and a worthy 60:55 winner.
Joe Hurn's relentless pressure was enough for a 40:36 victory over Latvian Zaurs Sadihovs, but the knockout everyone wanted from the heavy-handed man from Clacton just wouldn't come.
Marcus Poston had a debut victory – at the ripe old age of 30 – over Swindon's Joe Beedon.
Poston, from Harwich, had a notable career as an amateur where he took on the likes of Amir Khan and Stephen Smith in national finals as well as appearing for Young England, but his boxing since has been restricted to the role of trainer.
However, he has decided to take the plunge in the pro ranks – and it was clear from the off that this is no ordinary rookie.
Poston was a 40:36 winner – which reflected his dominance, only Beedon's durability preventing him from notching a debut knockout.
Poston was caught once, in the third, but he barely flinched – a sure sign of quality.
Alan Ratibb suffered a second successive disappointment when he was beaten 39:37 on points by Torquay's Ali Wyatt.
The Colchester boxer left himself open again and was fortunate not to hit the canvas at the end of the first round. It was a battle royale and Ratibb looked to have done enough to earn a draw over four rounds, but it was the 'visiting' boxer who took the win.