Neilson Boxing Swindon: Results & Post-Fight Quotes
By Matthew Davies
It was a successful evening for the Neilson Boxing stable following bustling night of boxing in Swindon on Saturday night.
The show, which was held at MECA in Regent Circus, saw a plethora of prospects take to the ring, including four Neilson Boxing managed fighters – Jake Price, Lewis Roberts, Jensen Irving, Brad Ingram.
Hereford’s Price made his debut but had to settle for a draw as he came up against a resilient Dean Evans, with the scorecards reading 38-38 after their four round contest.
The next bout saw Lewis Roberts also make his debut, the Swindon featherweight put in a measured and mature display to out point Jake Pollard.
Welsh duo Conor McIntosh and Jay Munn took to the ring to face Rustem Fatkhullin and Vladimir Fleschhaur respectively. Despite both having their opponents hurt, neither could quote close the fight with a stoppage, so had to settle for a win via decision.
Next up was Swindon super-welterweight Jensen Irving, who was fighting for the first time in almost two years. Irving successfully overcame Evgenii Vazem on points to remain unbeaten and improve his record to 4-0.
Calne’s Connor Gray was one of four debutants on the Fight Town card, but he too got off the mark with a win after his opponent retired at the start of the third round with a rib injury.
In the show’s penultimate contest, Brad Ingram produced a polished showing on his professional debut, winning all four rounds against Qasim Hussain at welterweight.
The show was headlined by Bristol’s Anton Haskins, who successfully extended his faultless record to 3-0.
Reviewing the night of action, Neilson Boxing Promoter and manager Mark Neilson said the show demonstrated the talent here in the South West.
“We had a sell-out crowd and it was a cracking night in Swindon, it’s so good to be back putting shows on again,” he said.
“It was a bit of a development card, we had a lot of debuts, fighters who have a few wins and some who haven’t fought for nearly two years.
“So for us it was about blowing the cobwebs off these guys ahead of a really big 2022 where we will be chasing down titles.”
Further quotes on Jake Price – Hereford.
“Jake had a really tough fight against a former amateur stablemate in Dean Evans, people were asking me why I put him in such a tough fight for a debut but Jake has some big aspirations.
“He’s hoping for titles in a relatively short space of time and he just wanted to get straight in there and get on with it.
“Because of the connection he and Evans had, Jake fancied it and Dean came to fight and you could see he could sense there was a victory there for him.
“It was a really good fight to watch. I thought it was a little bit unlucky not to get the win, but then other people thought the draw was right.”
Further quotes on Lewis Roberts – Swindon.
“What a prospect he is, he’s been training with Paddy Fitzpatrick since he was a kid and everyone has been talking about him as one to watch.
“I had a feeling that we only saw a glimmer of what he’s capable of. He moves well, he’s got sharp moves but I’ve seen him be a lot more fluid.
“He brought a good crowd and he’s a great kid, he ticks all the boxes. He soaked it all in on Saturday so good for him.”
Further quotes on Jensen Irving – Swindon.
“Jensen didn’t look rusty really, you could see that he just loves a tear up. As soon as his opponent started to engage a little bit, that’s when you start to see Jensen come into his own.
“It’s good to see him back. We want to see him be busy next year because he’s the other-side of 30 and we don’t want to waste any time.”
Further quotes on Brad Ingram – Gloucester
“Brad is another one of my boxers. He is a good talent, he was a good amateur and he won a national title.
“He brought a lot of people with him from Gloucester. We will look after him, I think we will aim to getting him boxing four times next year.
This weekend Neilson Boxing take their Fight Town series to Bracknell, where Wiltshire’s Johnny Ward joins fellow unbeaten prospects Andre Grant and Alfie Best on the bill.
For tickets, or further information visit www.NeilsonBoxing.co.uk.