Arfan turns on the power to beat Edgar and extend his pro winning record
NORMANTON light-heavyweight Arfan Iqbal maintained his 100% record with a 40-36 four-round victory over gutsy Alloa novice Scott Edgar on promoter Clifton Mitchell's show at Whitwick's Hermitage Leisure Centre.
Despite soaking up an increasing amount of punishment, Edgar deserves credit for hanging in and holding his own. He did manage to get through with the occasional counter hook to the head but, for the most part, found himself on the receiving end of Iqbal's assaults.
The aggressor from the outset, Iqbal was always one step ahead and Edgar ended with a slight nick beside his left eye. The win takes the 21-year-old's pro record to 5-0.
Usman Ahmed, now boxing out of the Ingle gym in Sheffield, returned to the ring after a year on the sidelines and picked up a narrow 58-57 six-round points win at flyweight over old adversary Francis Croes of Middlesbrough.
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He didn't have things all his own way, though, against a determined opponent and he had to pick himself up off the canvas late in the second round after being dropped by a looping right.
The difference in the end was Ahmed's superior work-rate and hand speed, preferred by scoring judge Rob Chalmers to the single yet more eye-catching shots of the visitor.
The afternoon's only inside-the-distance victory was supplied by Long Eaton's Leon Mrvik, who picked up his second pro victory by halting Walsall light-heavyweight Bobby Wood in the dying embers of the third round.
Twice in quick succession, the outgunned Wood, who came in as a late replacement for Belper's Gordon Watson, was dropped by body shots and on the second occasion, with only three seconds of the third session remaining, Dudley referee Shaun Messer abandoned his count midway through with Wood on all fours, gasping for breath.
Ilkeston middleweight Prince David Davis improved to 7-2 as a pro, by eclipsing Cardiff's previously unbeaten Lewis Patterson 58-57 over six rounds.
Tall London-born Patterson had won his only two other paid contests but he found Shinfield-stabled Davis a little too much to handle and while there wasn't too much daylight between the two early on, it was the Ilkeston puncher who came on strongly down the final straight.
His two-fisted assaults proved enough to earn the decision of scoring judge Messer.
The crowd applauded long and hard at the end, appreciative of the efforts of the two battlers.
Matlock lightweight Jack Clay had been scheduled to make his pro debut but had to make do with a hastily-arranged four-round exhibition spar against Shinfield stablemate Rendall Munroe after his opponent failed to show up.