Ringside Report: Tommy Frank Moves to 11-0
The last time Denno Hobson put on a show at the Ponds Forge, he was hit by various last minute hitches which resulted in only 3 fights taking place. However, this time lady luck would be a little kinder. The decent size crowd got 8 good fights on a hot sticky night in Sheffield.
Hobson couldn’t completely avoid last minute drama, as the scheduled Commonwealth title fight in the main event fell foul to visa issues for Tommy Frank’s original opponent Jemsi Kibazange.
But another Tanzanian John Chuwa stepped in, but with a loss in his previous fight, it meant that his fight with Frank would be a non title affair over 10 rounds.
Chuwa despite the late call certainly earned his money and gave the local fighter a more than decent workout.
Frank didn’t have the best of amateur careers, but he is certainly making his mark as a pro. The reigning Commonwealth super-flyweight champion sent his fans home happy with a 7th round stoppage of his brave opponent.
Chuwa was gangly and awkward, and his movement made Frank work for his success. Chuwa didn’t offer too much in the way of offence, and Frank was never remotely in danger of losing.
Frank had his man over in the 3rd, and threatened to overwhelm Chuwa in the 4th, but Chuwa hung in there, where there was an excuse not to.
However, Chuwa was noticeably more flat footed as the 7th began, and Frank sensed the end was near. A series of unanswered punches forced the referee to step in at the 1:47 mark. In winning Frank moved to 11-0, and looks more than capable of moving on to a much higher level.
On the undercard, former British champions Tyrone Nurse and Josh Wale secured wins, Nurse on points over 6 rounds, while Wale made short work of Ekow Wilson, securing a 1st round stoppage, body shots doing the damage.
Photo Credit: Dennis Hobson Promotions