Pilgrims ABC's Townley stops Fasson on the road
DARREN TOWNLEY provided a quick-fire finish to the evening's entertainment with a first round knock-out of local favourite Nico Fasson in north Devon.
Pilgrims ABC's Townley and fellow welterweight Fasson were the bill-toppers on Barnstaple ABC's open show staged at a packed to capacity Tesco Community Hall.
Fasson was decked three times with impressive hooks to the body from Plymouth's Townley, who in terms of experience started the contest as the underdog.
But if Townley was fazed or intimidated by the overwhelmingly pro-Fasson crowd, it did not show.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
The 26-year-old Pilgrim, with just five wins and four defeats to his name, waited for his 35-bout opponent to make a mistake before striking with a fierce punch to the ribs.
Fasson fought his way to his feet and received an eight count before it was déja vu with Townley sending in another body shot and leaving his 23-year-old opponent facing his second count.
Townley proved just as ruthless, though, and the brave Fasson's evening was cut painfully short with another punishing punch to the ribs which sent him to the canvas for the final time.
Pilgrims' coach Glyn Mitchell hailed both his fighter's technique and shot-selection and Fasson's gallant effort in front of his own fans.
Mitchell said: "Darren's timing was superb. He left Fasson winded and in real pain.
"Fasson did well to get up twice as rib-shots like the ones Darren caught him with cut you in half.
"It certainly shut up the locals big-time who were expecting Fasson to win.
"It's also good news for Darren as he's been unlucky with a couple of the decisions that have not gone his way recently.
"Knocking your opponent out, especially away from home, cuts out the middle man and the vagaries of points verdicts."
Townley will head to the north of the county on Saturday-week (November 24) in Bideford where he will be looking to avenge an earlier points defeat.
He faces Ben Owen, who has replaced Townley's original opponent, Darren Hatch, in the 55kg contest.
Meanwhile, on Saturday (November 17) in Corby two of Pilgrims' young guns Reece Shanley (55kg) and the 15-year-old's stable-mate Brandon Stacey, 13, (39kg), are in action.
There is bitter disappointment for Pilgrims' Jack Dickerson who finds himself out of this Sunday's Senior Novice (Class A) Championships, despite not losing a fight.
Dickerson had been scheduled to join up with club-mate Jack Bellingham, Devonport's Brad Bugdale and Plympton's Mikey Dann at the national tournament's quarter-finals in Norwich.
Light-flyweight Dickerson is a victim of a lack of opponents with the necessary novice qualifications (under-10 bouts) in his weight category and had received a bye through to Sunday's quarter-finals.
Mitchell said: "There had been just two boxers remaining – Jack and the other kid – who now has dropped out and so we have been deprived of a British title winner, as Sunday's contest would have been a straight final.
"I feel really sorry for Jack, who has done nothing wrong and hasn't boxed because I wanted him injury-free for the novices.
"Now it's back to the drawing board for the kid, who has worked his socks off in training."