Matthew Wilton outpoints Lewie O’Mara to keep record intact

Matthew Wilton battles Lewie O'Mara
Matthew Wilton battles Lewie O'Mara

Matthew Wilton kept his unbeaten record intact at the Holiday Inn on Friday night as he saw off Lewie O’Mara on points after a commanding performance.

Wilton - who is unbeaten in nine fights - won every round on his way to a 60-54 point success.

“I took a couple of rounds to get to grips with him and I then started catching him with the right hand,” said Wilton.

“He is a southpaw and he was tricky but I got the job done. I also picked up a cut and that is the third time I have been cut.

“I was pleased with the performance but there is always room for improvement.”

In the first round Wilton and O’Mara looked to work each other out and neither landed a punch of note. The second and third rounds were tight enough but Wilton was starting to catch-up with O’Mara.

The home fighter was beginning to find the target more frequently - but O’Mara was proving hard to pin down and Wilton had a cut above the right eye.

The fourth and fifth flew by as Wilton pressed and O’Mara moved. In the final round both fighters gave it a go but Wilton strolled to victory.

At light welterweight Anthony Upton and Alec Bazza did battle. The first round was a ding-dong battle between Upton’s speed and Bazza who marched forward.

In the second, Upton caught Bazza with a left hand and put him on the floor, but to his credit Bazza got up and rallied.

Bazza was on the floor in the third again and Upton was starting to turn on the style.

Upton has speed and ability and that started to tell as the fight went on.

And his class told in the fourth as he caught Bazza with a beutiful shot and the fight was over.

Upton was pleased with his display.

“I have confidence in my own ability and he was a very game boy. I won this one and I hope to be out again in five weeks and then three weeks after that,” he said.

“It was great to be back fighting in Belfast and I could show my friends what I have been learning over in England with Ricky Hatton.”

Newcastle’s Paul Quinn added to his growing reputation by seeing off Bristol’s Joe Beedon 40-36 on points.

The first round was cagey as both fighters worked each other out. Quinn used his jab to good affect at times - but Beedon was proving to be no mug.

Quinn picked the pace a little in the second and Beedon was getting more and more frustrated as the round went on.

Round three came and went but Quinn wobbled his opponent and was starting to pick-off a tiring Beedon.

Beedon rallied in the last but Quinn was too good on the night.

Quinn said: “I broke my hand in training and cut the cast off myself so I could fight. It went in the second round, so I fought him with one hand for two rounds.

“I could not trade with him in the fourth, so I am pleased with the win.”

Belfast’s Mark Morris took on Ryan Corrigan at Lightweight in a four rounder, with Morris coming out on top.

In the first round both fighters came out swinging until Morris connected with an overhand right and referee Hugh Russell Jnr stopped the fight after southpaw Corrigan got off the canvas at the count of nine.

And Morris was pleased after making it two wins out of two.

“Pleased with the win and I hit him with a good shot to finish it. I hope to be out again in April and I just want to keep winning and stay unbeaten,” he added.

At Middleweight Alfredo Meli saw off the challenge of Festin Lama over six rounds on points.

Meli threw the kitchen sink at Lama but could not get Lama out of there. It was a good performance from Meli who is improving in every fight.

At light middleweight Bangor’s Casey Blair on his debut - who got the loudest cheer of the night - took on Billy Campbell.

Both fighters gave their all in what was a fantastic battle and Blair was awarded the win on points.