Neilson Boxing: Dujon Beats Maycock On Points

Neilson Boxing: Dujon Beats Maycock On Points

By Garry White

Neilson Boxing in collaboration with Warren Boxing Management brought their popular Fight Town promotion to London’s famous York Hall on Friday night. Nine fights containing a mixture of debutants and prospects faced off against a solid group of experienced road warriors; prior to the evening’s main event pitting two fighters with near-identical professional records together.

In the marquee bout Barnet-based Jordan Dujon [Now 7-1, 0KOs] faced off against Chorleywood’s Ryan Maycock [Now 5-2, 1 KO] in an eight-round super welterweight contest. The Rod Julian trained Dujon appeared to bring the greater number of supporters, but both men’s followers were keen to make plenty of noise.

Maycock, whose one previous blemish on his record was a first-round stoppage defeat against journeyman Yaillton Neves, started the stronger and edged the opener as Dujon initially struggled to find his range. The second proved to be merely a feeling-out session as both men prioritised reconnaissance over a full-blown attack.  

Maycock began the third with a strong flurry of activity, backing Dujon up onto the ropes, but much of his effort brought little reward as Dujon covered up effectively. As the round progressed the earlier Chess match readily evolved into a more physical and punishing contest as the 34- year-old Maycock sort to force the pace only for Dujon to respond in the strongest terms.

As the fight moved into the middle rounds Maycock was perhaps guilty of setting himself to unload single-shot howitzer’s and thus at times left himself open to well-timed shots from his 29-year-old opponent.

Overall, the cleaner work was beginning to come from Dujon and this proved to be the difference between the combatants in the latter half of the contest. The Barnet resident maintained a solid tempo through to the final bell whilst his opponent tired and had to deal with a nasty cut above his right eye. By now Maycock was pawing forward in straight lines and Dujon was able to experience solid success with fast, snappy counters.

However, Maycock was never entirely out of the contest, in what was a well-matched and highly enjoyable encounter and rallied hard in the final stanza as blood dripped progressively from his injured eye.

Referee Kieran McCann’s verdict of 77-75 was entirely consistent with my view from ringside. For Dujon it was another clear statement that his career is thoroughly back on track since losing to, the still unbeaten, Carl Fail last year. Maycock also showed enough in defeat to suggest that they’ll be better nights ahead for him.

Earlier in the night Nigeria’s Oluwatosin Kejawa [Now 6-0, 5KOs] impressed against heavily bearded Southampton-based Russian Ibragim Tsurov [Now 9-5, 4 KOs] in a light-heavyweight contest scheduled for six rounds. In what was only his second fight in a British ring the 31-year-old Russian took the opening round, with the cleaner shots, on my card. But the tall and rangy Kejawa quickly found his rhythm and range in the second peppering Tsurov with fast-handed flurries.

By the time the fourth round came about, Kejawa’s frequent and well-executed attacks had worn down the resistance of the upright Russian. A left-hook from Kejawa initially staggered his Russian foe and despite him valiantly trying to remain upright, further punishment saw him drop to the canvass. To his credit, Tsurov rose on a count of eight, but the young Nigerian moved in for the kill, swarming him with spiteful shots, with the referee seeking to halt proceedings as Tsurov was already tumbling down into the ropes.

This marked an impressively eye-catching display from a young prospect who is still only 20 years old.

Elsewhere, Nathan Mizon [Now 6-0, 1 KO] and a professional for less than one year did his part to entertain the crowd in an enjoyable six rounds welterweight contest with serial journeyman Chris Addaway [Now 10-72-4, 1KO]. The 21-year-old from Tadworth, nicknamed ‘Mr. Excitement’, spent the entirety of the contest chasing down the slim and rangy Addaway who has emeritus-level qualifications in elusiveness.

Despite having 72 losses on his record Plymouth’s Addaway has only failed to hear the final bell eight times, and throughout the contest, it always seemed likely that he would have sufficient know-how to see this one through as well. But throughout Mizon maintained his patience and clearly understood this fight for the learning curve that it was. Even at one point responding positively to Addaway’s cheeky habit of raising his right hand in the air in celebration and giving a big soppy grin every time, he popped him with a cheeky jab. By the third Mizon had seen enough of this and took his turn to mimic his opponent much to everyone’s enjoyment.

In the final seconds, Mizon tensed his shoulders, drew his gloves together, and fired up the ‘beast mode’. The frenetic finish had Addaway in some trouble on the ropes, but as the final bell rang, he had already conjured his usual escape. Mizon deservedly captured the decision by a decisive 59-55 on the referee’s card.

In the most entertaining bout of the night, Fynnlie Judd [Now 4-0, 0 KOs] took on tough Ukrainian Mykhailo Sovtus [Now 4-11, 1KO] over a hard-fought four rounds at 147 lbs. Sovtus came out having failed to read the journeyman memo and rather than looking to survive instead elected to take the fight to Judd from the first bell.

In a high-tempo encounter Judd, whose vocal following showed their support throughout, mostly had the best of the contest. But Sovtos refused to be deterred. With the Ukrainian hurt late in the third round, one of Judd’s fans was heard to shout ‘Finish him’ but removing the tough battler in the other corner was never going to be so straightforward. Sovtos’ attacking intent proved capable at times of causing the stylish Judd to forget his playbook and get dragged into a ragged battle. But there were no complaints when the referee scored unanimously in favour of the Basingstoke resident by 40-36.

The best entrance of the night belonged to Sidcup’s Ernie Rutherford [Now 2-0, 1 KO]. The 25-year-old entered the ring in a white cowboy hat to Bon Jovi’s ‘Dead or Alive’ and was required to aim his six-shooter at the hugely experienced Yorkshireman, Harry Matthews [Now 16-58-4, 2KOs]. In a hard-working performance, Rutherford failed to pin down his target as Matthews demonstrated all of his experience on the road. Rutherford will have learned plenty from this outing and deserved the 40-36 verdict in this four-round light-heavyweight contest.

Other results on the Fight Town card:

Viktora Razma W Dmitrij Kalinovskij PTS

Beau Reynolds D Hrvoje Grcic

Ciaran Flanagan L Luke Fash PTS

James Heneghan W Egidijus Zukas PTS

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