THE big fight between big hitters Zak Sutton and Jason Tyldsley at the National Brewery Centre ended in a draw.
They squared up for the vacant WRSA Midlands Area super-heavyweight title and the judges could not separate them after five action-packed rounds of boxing.
For most of the fight, Sutton pressed the action, while Tyldsley stood off and loaded up southpaw lefts.
Sutton looked to have done enough to take the belt back to Swadlincote – he landed some heavy right hands to body and head – but there were no complaints with the verdict.
In a K1 clash, Brandon Barnett was a popular winner as he knocked out Lee Greenfield (Motiv8) in the third round of a see-saw fight for the vacant WRSA Midlands Area cruiserweight title.
Barnett dropped Greenfield in the opening round with a flurry of punches, but the Ashby fighter picked himself up and slammed back with right hands.
The fight looked to be in the balance going into the third and early in the round, Barnett landed a thumping body shot that took everything out of Greenfield and dropped him in a heap in the centre of the ring for the full count.
In the afternoon’s other title fight, Damien Grice captured the WRSA Midlands Area middleweight boxing belt.
He outpointed Martin Kabhrel (Evesham) in an exciting, give-and-take five-round scrap.
Zoltan Horvath cheered the home crowd by dominating his kickboxing bout with Paul Wilshaw.
Horvath was always in charge and made sure of the points verdict with a knockdown on the final bell.
Christian Glover, from Adam Stretton Kickboxing in Swadlincote, won two fights.
He was too big and skilled for both Nick Fitzgerald and Tyler Jordan.
Also at the Brewery Centre, Neville Brown – Burton’s former British champion boxer – got in the ring for a work out to prepare for his comeback.
Brown meets Steve Collins in an exhibition bout at Meadowside Leisure Centre on Sunday, July 6.
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