Guild Hall night’s a roaring success

Boxer Tomi Tatham enjoyed an excellent win at the Guild Hall

Boxer Tomi Tatham enjoyed an excellent win at the Guild Hall

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Preston boxing trainer Karl Ince thanked the people of his home town for turning out in their numbers for the second instalment of ‘Boxing is Back’.

The fight night was staged at the Guild Hall on Saturday evening and despite suffering a number of withdrawals at the 11th hour, the event still proved to be popular with fans.

Preston-based welterweight star Ricky Skelton – who hails from Cumbria – was due to top the bill, but a couple of personal issues prevented him from fighting.

And injuries to Preston middleweight star Mick Hall and Southport heavyweight Mike Stafford meant they were unable to enter the ring.

Ince – who is the driving force behind getting boxing back at the Guild Hall – has guaranteed that the next show will be the best yet.

“I’d like to thank the people of Preston for coming out to support the night,” Ince said.

“We had a few withdrawals. Ricky Skelton had a few personal issues which he had to deal with.

“Mick Hall, who was then going to top the bill, hurt his hand and had to pull out and Mike Stafford pulled his shoulder.

“I would like to say that there will be a lot more fighters on the show next time.”

As it was, Ince’s protege Rick Godding wowed the crowds with an excellent six-round points victory over Adam Jones.

It was the 30-year-old’s 21st win in 22 bouts and he has yet to taste defeat in his eight-year professional career.

After being unable to fight in 2014 due to injury, Godding is looking forward to making up for lost time.

His win over Jones now means he is set for arguably the biggest fight of his career next month at Wembley Arena.

Godding is set to take on Gary Corcoran for a British Title eliminator on the Friday Night Lights show.

“Rick boxed really well on Saturday and he’s now got the opportunity for the eliminator in four weeks’ time,” said Ince.

Another fighter to impress on the night was Lancaster light-heavyweight Tomi Tatham.

The 26-year-old was a four-round points winner over awkward journeyman Jamie Ambler, of Wales.

Tatham said: “I was pleased with the win. His record is poor but he’s an underrated fighter.

“I think the referee gave him the third round.

“Nobody seemed to think I’d lost it but he caught me with some clean shots 
even though nothing bothered me.”

Tatham is hoping to step up a level now as he bids to make a name for himself.

“I’m hoping the next one will be a step up. I need to be stepping up in class now.

“I’ve spoken to Steve (Wood, promoter) and hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be able to get a Masters title fight or an eight-rounder.

“I want something to kick me on to where I want to be.”