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Welcome to the WABA in Sofia Gardens. It's the championship
finals. We are under the spotlight as a Welsh boxing looks forward to
London 2012 and beyond. Things have been great for Welsh boxing. There
will be a hell of a lot to fight for. Fred Evans has been fantastic.
There is no reason why they cannot win medals. Two years to go to the
Commonwealth Games. Now is the time to make an investment. To be home
country champion tops it off. is the one I want him to win. The
It's a big night and the big names are in town and on the team.
Starting with the light heavyweight champion. Nathan, you have another
fight in a month. For weeks tomorrow, the Albert Hall and
defending a world title. Keeping busy. What is your role tonight?
Interviewing the fighters tonight, the winners, getting their thoughts
and feelings. There is some serious talent. The yes, good names on the
list and I look forward to it. for you later. Another member of
boxing's intelligence it, Nicky Piper. A before they get started,
one small but significant change. Although amateur boxers score by
the knuckle part of the glove to the body, they were not be
announced until the end of the round. The average will be on the
scoring pass. The boxer with the most points is the national
champion. And we complete the line-up of big
hitters with former British Commonwealth and European
welterweight champion, Colin Jones in the commentary position
alongside Steffan Garrero. Big names for a big fight night. Let's
get it on! First up, the battle of the flyweights. Ryan Llewellyn from
Cwmcarn. J Harris was a finalist The first of the finals for 2012.
The flyweight category. Ryan Llewellyn from Cwmcarn in the red.
J Harris from Gwent. Immediately, Ryan Llewellyn is on the attack. A
new scoring system this year. There is no running scores on the screen.
We get those at the end of every row. Five judges at ringside. Those
who score furthest away from the other three, those scores are taken
out and an average taken off the three remaining scores. Fairer that
way, in major tournaments at the end of the bout it's always the
right winner and that's the most important thing. How they get there
is another thing. As long as they get to the rights Boxing and the
verdict that's important. What's interesting is they have done away
with the one-second window where they had to have three judges,
hitting the bottom at the same time. The when second window is unfair
for the judges and puts them under pressure. That's been taken away.
We are seeing a fairer results. Ryan Llewellyn is a tough cookie.
His physical disadvantage is quite something. And so he has to get
under Jay Harris and open him up but with. A shorter man but getting
a few shots in in the first three minutes of the WABA this year.
Getting a couple in the end of the round. 7-6 is the lead for Harris.
J Harris seven points to six up. He took a few good right hands in the
first round. Some culmination punches.
Harris is trying to become the 2012 Welsh title-holder at flyweight.
There is still a lot on it. Make no bones about it, Andrew Selby at 52
in the Olympic Games, he will be competing and getting ready for the
Games. It opens up another spot for were the wings the flyweight title
tonight. There's a lot at stake. The boys know what is ahead for
them. There's a lot at stake in terms of competing for Wales and
the Commonwealth Games. Staking a claim for Glasgow, these boys
tonight in 2014. A good combination from Harris. He got his man on the
roads for a second. Ryan Llewellyn getting out of the way. A three
inch height advantage, Harris. He is the more experienced man. Ryan
Llewellyn is getting through with Another right hand hook combination
from Ryan Llewellyn. The second half was all Jay Harris. A good
combination of punches. Keeping his Looking to extend his big lead from
the second round, Harris working on the body and head again. A good
little hook, a great a right hook taking the feet away from Ryan
Llewellyn, a little stumble. He redeems the attack point. When you
look at too little fellows for the Welsh title, you expect great
battles by sue the heavyweights but in their category this is a great
little about. Both boys not giving any quarters. The number of punches
these guys are throwing over this nine minutes is phenomenal work.
Ryan Llewellyn has taken more but he has not stopped his engine. He
is firing them off. Still looks like he's enjoying himself with 10
seconds left to go. A big right from Jay Harris. He is looking to
end this on a high, Harris. He lost in the thick the 6th -- 56 kg
category last year. He wants Welsh title this year. And he has got it!
45 points to 33. He did not have it all his own way. Ryan Llewellyn
came back with some big punchers. A big finish to finish the round. Jay
Harris seals the victory. Finishing strongly. A deserved champion.
2012 Welsh WABA champion is in the blue corner! Jay Harris! Well then,
blue corner! Jay Harris! Well then, you looked nice and sharp. I lost
last tip in the final against Chapman. I dropped down the weight.
Back freshener. With London 2012 less than four months away, it's no
great surprise the Olympic boxers are not fighting tonight as they
have been sharpening their mettle elsewhere.
Sheffield, City of steel and home to just to get -- Jessica Ennis.
is going well, keeping in the gym. It is everything I have dreamed for.
It is not often you see what people in the Olympic Games. It is really
big. High work-rate. Get Ready! Two qualifiers are Welsh, art of the
five I can see five medals. I am confident about Andrew and Fred's
ability and moving to London. the's speed is out of this world.
He can move, it's like will-o'-the- wisp! He is a special talent.
one of the most talented boxers I've ever seen. He is one of the
best in the world. Fred Evans has been a revelation, a tremendous
fighter, Southport very smart. have known him since he was forced
-- a four-year-old. He came back after Christmas and beat the cube
number one and won gold. Fantastic. Both are moving along nicely.
Wales's only Olympic boxing medal to date was Ralph Evans in 72. What
are the final preparations? I had the tournament last month and one
silver. A want to keep shop. Fred has come back from two major
tournaments. He is back in the gym ticking over but not really putting
it in yet. We don't want him to peak too early. When the time is
right we were left the training and get them spot on for the Olympics.
The Olympic dream is still alive for Joe Cordina, he has made into
the second European qualifiers in Turkey in two years' time. I will
push myself to the limit. I am hoping to get it. That's my goal,
the Olympics. It is brilliant for Wales to have boxes of this calibre.
I want a medal for my country. There is pressure but I know I can
do it I am good enough. See what happens.
And I am happy it I have found Fred Evans. Great to see. Last year he
won this, did he fancy this year? would have liked to be here but I
have preparations for the Olympic Games. I had to miss out. You have
to be careful about the preparations. They write a program
for me every week. I have to stick to that and do my preparations for
the Olympics. You won gold in February. Yes, a hard tournaments,
I lost four times but beat the Cuban on the way. It was good. I've
got a good base to go on. How to prepare your mind and body for the
Olympics? I have training camps, international training camps which
are all benefit from sparring. I have another competition at the end
of next month. There will be me finished then the stock there is
more spiring and ready for the Olympics. The whole country is
behind you. Best of luck. Cheers. At 64 kilos, the light welterweight
promised a good punch-up on paper. Thomas Hoar is an awkward fighter.
At 5 ft 11 he comes with a reach advantage. Nico Morrison is the
finest and so far has success ratio BELL it looks to be a very evenly
And in goes Nico Morrison, trying to find out where his range would
be. A big gap between the two, there will be a bigger reach
advantage for the man in red. Already, it's a little scrappy and
a little ungainly, but that is what you are going to get at this weight
level. And you have got a big international ring tonight, a lot
of these boys would be used to the ring. It will suit Thomas Hoar,
because he likes to move a little bit, a lot more than Nico Morrison.
Morrison will have to hunt him down and look for those body shots.
Which would be an easy shots -- I thought the mood was more than
that, actually. The left jab was the superior Penge. That punch.
Keeping it long, doing the right thing. I think he deserved more
This is what Nico Morrison wanted to do, forced him back as much as
it cannot to the ropes and get as many shots away as he can while he
is enraged. -- in a range. Not really pouncing on his manner,
Morrison, but that is down to the foot work up Thomas for getting
himself out of this awkward spots. -- Thomas Hoar. Constantly bouncing,
He doesn't want to be there having exchanges with Nico Morrison, he
wants to keep on the move. A couple of shots while he was on the ropes
He landed a good right-hander that second round. Some good scoring
Such an interesting contrast between the two men in the ring.
Good left hook again from the man who has been slightly more on the
defensive, but Morrison goes on the attack this time. Get a scoring
shot into the right. The referee calls them apart and the closing
stages of this round at number three, if you are Morrison, need to
be all-out attack. A couple more scoring shots from Thomas Hoar. And
he already had the five point lead going into the round. Morrison was
slightly off balance that time when he went into the attacker, but he
looks like the one tiring. You have to admire Thomas Hoar, he has stuck
to his tactics all three rounds. Nice and simple, he has had
complicated things, used his feet at the right times, kept a nice
distance between them. It is good to see it is not all about the
blood and guts and big swinging punches. Good to see the foot work
and the skilful jabbing and keeping his man at bay. When he doesn't is
when Morrison comes in with some serious punches. He needs a flurry
He hasn't got the power in his arms, hasn't got the energy, and I think
Thomas Hoar can see that. Yes, keeping it dies and simple, no
sense trade. Nico Morrison looking for the big shot, which he will
have to look for -- nice and Big shots coming in from Morrison,
not finding their target. But he has definitely got it in him to
swing a big one. BELL.
BELL. Just hadn't got the energy to put
his full power behind it. Thomas Hall shows a big tactical display,
Words can't express how much it means, it is amazing. You are well-
suited to the points system. I was always catching him with the third
shot, I thought I would keep that going. Are you aiming for the
British? Definitely going for it. Well done, mate.
This is a real chess match, let's see why. Thomas Hoar up against
this shorter, aggressive Nico Morrison. The third round exploded
Morrison. The third round exploded into life as Morrison tried to
close the gap with his all-out aggression. This proved to be a
mistake as he ended up walking into the straight punches.
A Olympic ban Fred Evans won the six tonight kilo about last year by
beating Jamie Evans. Jamie is back this year under the tutelage of
Gerald Jones, who has already trade 71 champions and would like to
This club has been by love, I just love it. I don't know what I would
do without it, you know? At think I have been lucky, two world
champions. The boys are, they wanted. -- want it. You can't get
it out of your blood. He doesn't say a lot June training but as soon
as he spot something wrong, he will say something to -- he doesn't say
a lot during training. Jamie is a good box fighter, very good. If the
title fight came tomorrow, I would say, OK. I wouldn't go with anyone
else. For JB to be the champion, he would be the sweat -- 72nd champion
to come out of this gym. I'm just hoping that all the hard work
actually does pay off. I hope I will have a lot for champions
coming out of this team in the future.
With Fred Evans missing, this year's welterweight is a wide-open
affair. At 25, Kristian Nagle from affair. At 25, Kristian Nagle from
Splott is one of tonight's most experienced boxers. JB Evans lost
last year to Fred Evans. Can he go one better this year and give
George Jones another champion? Plenty of coaching experience
behind Jamie Evans, and with Gerald Jones of ABC behind him, he has got
the makings of a future champion. Unlucky to come up against Fred
Evans last time round. Fred are not competing this time around because
he will be involved in the Olympics later in the year, he is the
current champion. Kristian Nagle, 25 years old, a few schoolboy
titles to his name at the youth title as well. Been on the
international scene for a little while with Wales. Could be an
interesting match-up. Yes, Kristian Nagle is very clever and very fit
and then you have the Harkness of JB Evans. -- harshness of JB Evans.
Don't blink, there is every possibility they could be assured
one here. -- it could be a short A lot of bluffing from both men
before the big shots finally come, and when they come, they look
pretty big. A good left hook from Christian Aid all right under the
guard of Evans. That time, Evans learnt from his mistakes -- from
Kristian Nagle. This is a very Another great left hook from events
which finds they header. This is very interesting -- from Evans. A
very interesting combination of boxers. Similar styles. Just
waiting to take first blood in this one.
A about she would have thought with a round that close, or five points
apiece -- and there she would have thought.
It started very slowly but it burst into life halfway through. At the
into life halfway through. At the end of it, a left hook by events.
end of it, a left hook by events. end of it, a left hook by events.
Close fight, a big punches. Peschke I heard the whole story that Eddie
Thomas, my old manager, used to stay about Gerald is that if they
could get him a world title fight in the mind as well, he would have
Both have the same very well- matched, same height, same way,
Beasant left hook by Kristian Nagle, but it seems that every time he
fires one, one comes back from Jamie Evans. It is almost like they
are boxing against mirrors here. Sparks are flying at the end of
round two. Both men scoring a, both men looking for big haymakers. A
huge left hook which Mrs coming from Kristian Nagle. Just moved out
Some of those big shots are scoring and more of them for Kristian Nagle.
Trying to keep it longer, Jamie Evans, but it wasn't always working.
But counterpunching from Kristian Nagle. It was getting heated at the
Good left hooks coming in from both men, but they Jabez coming off more
Both men firing of shot. Even when they are tangled, they are not
afraid to mix it up. They have any good Fred Evans at the Olympic
Games in this division, showing he is the top in the country. With
these young plants -- lads coming through, it shows that the future
The final half-hour minutes for Jamie Evans to try and overhauled
A good right hook, two from Kristian Nagle. JB Evans is
starting to throw caution to the wind, he has to to a certain extent
he -- Jamie Evans. He is trying to open up and reduced the deficit and
Kristian Nagle has the perfect opportunity to counterpunch. Do
powerful, noisy shots coming onto the head guard of Jamie Evans from
Kristian Nagle. Another right hook comes through, Evans tries to work
on the inside and push his man off of. Just being held back slightly.
They could block that time from Evans with his forearm as the left
hook came through of -- a good block.
He saluted the crowd, he thinks he has got it. At 23-15, the judges
64 kgs Senior champion, you looked sharp. Banks a lot. It is any my
second fight in four years, I have been out for three years -- thanks
a lot, it is only my second fight. I thought it would have been good
I thought it would have been good tonight. Happy with that? Yes, he
has trained very hard for the last few weeks. So it wasn't champion
number 72 for trainer Gerald Jones as JB Evans found the
counterpunching of Kristian Nagle too much can handle. He founded
Close, but it wasn't enough, as Kristian Nagle took it. He will
have to wait another year. The way been for 72 tonight, but it
wasn't to be. Up -- you were aiming. Another two years and I were led by
London 2012 will be big for female boxing. For the first time affair
they will be Olympic medals at stake. However, this ignores the
limits of three. Bad news for whilst champion. She lost out as
she found herself to light to qualify. Becky Price still has an
out side chance of Olympic qualification if she can make a big
impression at the forthcoming world champions in China -- championships
in China. She has to defend her title against Charlene Jones from
Merlins Bridge he won the Welsh Three weight classes for the women.
Plenty for these girls to go for. Price has the more experience, she
is in the red vest. Jones in the The opening exchanges are a frenzy,
to say the least! It is like a premium of the world championships.
The weather wins this is guaranteed a spot to go to the world
championships in China -- rule ever wins. -- and whoever wins. Decent
shots from both boxers. It is a good start from Charlene Jones. You
can see a good long jab, a perfect shot making it through. Look at the
defence. Everything on the arms. This is have a score these days.
The final minute of the contest. A great chap from Becky Price.
Shots like that could be the decisive factor. Charlene Jones has
in given up yet. No, one of the best girls' finals and boxing I
have seen for many years. It's a really grates standard. The winner
of this one goes to the championships, the quarter-finals
and you get yourself at the Olympic Games. That's how much depends on
this next few seconds. Price is two points ahead going into the round.
June's refusing to the final seconds to give up on her dreams.
It seems the cleaner work is coming from Becky Price. Charlene Jones is
falling into every shot. She needs control of her feet again. In the
red corner and I think Jones crediting her opponent with a
victory. 13.28. Becky Price goes on to the World Championships and
maybe a name to lookout for at maybe a name to lookout for at
London 2012. Well done. A lot was riding on it. Hopefully China now.
Best of luck. Thank you. Becky Price was a big favourite against
Charlene Jones. Price try to control the action from long range.
The experience of price and she moves on to China. I am delighted
to be joined by Nigel Davies. Thank you for coming down. How important
is it for you to be here? Well, it's very important that I come
here. Being a Welshman anyway, I would not miss this for the world.
Being a podium coach is important I come down and not miss the talent.
There are many talented boxers in Wales, men and ladies. If I can
keep an eye on them and report back, between us all... The Becky Price
fight was really good for us to have no way we Charlene Jones
letting her through easily. Charlene started so aggressively.
She was like a tornado! A very high work-rate. I think in the end it
was the height and reach of Becky Price the got her the points in the
end but a close contest. An entertaining one. Becky is still in
with a chance of going to London 2012. Yes, yes. If Wales centre to
China in May and she gets to the last four that's what it's all
about. 54 kilos was a Gwent battle between Danny Price and Rachel
Pritchard. Let's enjoy the best of the action.
The aggressive nature of Pritchard that is taking it away from price.
Danny price is giving as good a shot as she can. Price is giving it
everything but how -- has not got off the clean shots. The 2012 Welsh
champion, Rachel Pritchard! heaviest female wit, 64 kilos saw
Rachel Tobin against Tamlyn Williams.
All square after the first round. Rachel Tobin are more on the
aggressive side of things. Williams got a couple of shots in. These are
the big -- the big final few seconds. A single-point victory for
Rachel Tobin. 18 points to 17. She is the light welterweight champion
for Wales. Every year there's one fight that
more eagerly anticipated then the others. This year, its the 81 kilos
between the prominent members of I have won eight titles, the
British title. Ice bar with Nathan before. He is a quick one. He is a
tidy fighter. Nice and fall and through the jabs. I need to stay
away from him! Nathan is strong, although he does not look strong,
he is tall and strong and fast. His speed can be deadly. He is unbeaten
this season. He is very fast, fast reactions. Low hands, he gets away
He tries to capture with the counterpunch. Hopefully we can put
some pressure on him. If I decide to box, that's what it will be.
can't wait to get in there and show what I can do! Show him the
business. It will be a great fight. This title is No. 9, it's going to
The fight of the night is a battle for Welsh Development Squad
supremacy. Sexual chocolate Morgan- Jones has won 21 out of 26 so far.
Nathan Thorley has one Welsh championships in the past. Not one
A B contest for both men. Both on the 2014 elite squad. -- a big
contest. Big markers to set down for both of these guys ahead of the
Commonwealth Games. Morgan James in the red. Nathan Thorley in the blue.
Immediately they decide to go at it. Nathan Thorley with a three inch
advantage. Nathan Thorley has moved up. He has a 6 ft 5 frame, 75 kilos
Morgan is a talented boxer. He likes to counterpunch, quick hands.
Jones, a good big punch from Nathan Thorley just missing the whiskers
of Morgan. Another angle... Just about Mr, thankfully. He came back
with a good combination of his own. Good fast hands. Some good work
coming from Jones as he looks to extend his three-point lead he
holed from round number one. Another good jab. Nathan Thorley
trying to avoid them, it depends what the judges are set as to what
they think. Another wild attempt. Nathan Thorley will not worry about
that. A tight guard up to his head. There was a cheeky shot and the
response from Nathan Thorley is what you would expect. He has been
He gets his man back on the ropes exacting revenge. He gets back
centre ring. Nathan Thorley almost gets caught with a straight jab
from Morgan-Jones. He has found his range, the big man. He gets one
through the guard but gets one back for his troubles from Nathan
Thorley. A typical round to score, this one. Morgan-Jones extend his
lead, 12 points to seven. An aggressive start the Nathan Thorley
but messy and not much accuracy. A great chap from Morgan-Jones.
Morgan is doing the damage. excellent shots which had spurred
Nathan Thorley into life. Good shots straight through the guard.
He is trying to turn round, Nathan Thorley. Jones needs to be careful
with the body shots. They are making contact as well. Getting the
head movement back as well. Jones wasn't fully with us for a second
or two. I am not sure that is the way to protect yourself. The final
exchanges. Both men on the elite squad looking ahead to the
Commonwealth Games in two years but this would be a body-blow to Mother
loses this one. Psychological advantage to the winner. On the
back foot again goes Jones. Try to cruise the final stages of this
round. Will he did it with a three- point advantage? -- do it. Making
contact at will. His footwork is in bed but he is clubbing the shots in.
The confidence of the man is something to behold. He has his man
That is it as far as Nathan Thorley is concerned. It is all over and
Morgan Jones has struck a huge... Look how much it means to the
Look how much it means to the Merthyr Ex man, it is a big win for
Morgan Jones. The light heavyweight champion of Wales for 2012 is
Morgan Jones. Well done, an emphatic victory. I enjoyed every
second of it. You have come on a lot than the last year, improved
rapidly. I have found the right weight, you know? I had been at 75
for a long time but I was struggling to make the weight, but
light-heavyweight, that is for me. You feel stronger, the punches are
snappier. I can concentrate on my boxing. I'm just loving it.
So we have to the elite squad members in North -- Morgan Jones
and Nathan Thorley fighting for superiority. It was a hard contest.
Nathan Thorley put everything into the third round attempted to close
the deficit but ended up walking on to a big punch that closed the
contest. Of Morgan Jones at the champion.
-- Morgan Jones, the champion. Lot a state tonight with boxers
from all over Wales fighting for funding as the Welsh Amateur Boxing
Association prepares the 2014 Welsh -- Commonwealth Games, and that
further ahead by investing in future stars of the sport.
We want more success. We have had Andrew Selby and Fred Evans when
European Championships, they have qualified for the Olympics, and it
is thinking how can we invest in the sport further? We think we have
got there the support, financial and from Sport Wales, to really
make a big difference. We have got three programmes in place in Wales.
A talent programme for youth and juniors. Then. A women's programme.
It is about seeing what they can achieve, and what they need to do
to move on to the next level. are identified, really, from a very
young age. There is there reason why these young boys cannot emulate
champions. I remember up when I was there. Boxing has changed a lot, it
is something that would improve more as time goes on. The up taking
up on board what they do up on GB and from youngsters up to the
seniors, we will hopefully be a strong a nation in the boxing world.
We have two years to go until the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow said
there is the time to make a big investment in the sport, and have
even more success -- there is the time. Things have been great for
Welsh boxing and we intend to keep the ball rolling. Of we want to
stamp us Mark in Great Britain and represent ourselves and let
everyone know well as a big force in boxing -- we want to stamp our
mark. A I'm joined by the chairman of the Welsh Amateur Boxing
Association Terris bed. What have you made of the standard tonight?
think very good. -- Terry Smith. With the development squad working
on them regularly, we have a lot of promise. Can you explain to me what
the support Wales support of WABA has meant to the organisation? --
Sport Wales. We have everything from them. It is the basis of our
development. We have just introduced the new performance
director James Thomas and with Colin Jones, we are looking for
buried pick things. -- very. It did that basic, decent funding and you
end up with better boxers? Course. We can see the boxers at
grassroots levels and if we can support them, they can become an
elite performers. If seems to be working, some good fighters out
there. I am blood -- glad you enjoy A North-South bust-up between
Cwmbran's Joe Hall and Kazim Ghani. Just waiting for Kazim Ghani to
fire one up. Wherever the gap is, he finds it. The big shots are
coming from Joe Hall. 24-22 for Joe coming from Joe Hall. 24-22 for Joe
Hall. I didn't know anything about his style, I didn't know what to
expect in the ring. St Joseph's Leon Goodman and Daniel Richards
were well matched at middleweight. There is the big left having
strayed from Daniel Richards, the head of the valley boxer. Leon
head of the valley boxer. Leon Goodman felt that one -- head of
the ballet. He needs to keep attacking, Leon Goodman. Daniel
Richards knows exactly how is going to defend his lead. Every time, he
finds a way of getting that left through the guard. 14-7, he secures
victory. What is next? I'm going to go on and turn professional and
hopefully come and join you! Nice Next up, it is the big boys, with
current heavyweight champion of Lloyd Davies from Mountain Ash
taking on the man from rural Wales, where in boxing circles, he is
I am not even a farmer. I have never been on a farm, never worked
on a farm, but it is stuck there, so I had dared have much choice. --
I started when I was 15, I walked in and instead of shaking my hand,
he hit me. He was tiny, and he is now 6 ft 3. The first year, I was
allowed to hit the back. I was terrible. Boys from the country are
strong lad, they need to train and they love training -- strong lads.
Lloyd is a better boxer than me, he is strong and he is fit, so it will
be an interesting bout. I expect a hard fight, because he is a good
boxer. I have been involved for 35 years in boxing, trained over 30
Welsh champions. This is the one I want to do it, the Welsh
Big Rhys Williams at 6 ft 3 has a height advantage and if he connects,
watch out. But Lloyd Davies's are three times finalist and last
year's champion. -- Lloyd Davies is A. Experience or exuberant, which
Time for the big boys to show what they can do. Rhys Williams in the
red, Lloyd Davies in the blue. Both of these up above 6 ft, and very
much the heavyweight, the big swingers. Rhys Williams going for a
couple of big shot very early on in the first round, just to see what
Lloyd Davies is made of. Davies beat Robert Penn with a second-
round stoppage last year. They will shoot title for Williams at the
British Youth silver medallist. -- a youth title. It is very much
Lloyd Davies with the best of the opening stages in round number one,
getting through to the head three or four times. Yes, and Rhys
Williams, a little over anxious. Just get back to his boxing,
because Lloyd can punch a bit, there is no doubt about it, should
he gets caught with two or three of them, he will find himself in
trouble. In these to be patient, try and take his shot, because
Lloyd can poach a bit. That punch a bit. -- puncher bit. Incredibly
Lloyd-Davies is starting to find gaps. Three or four holes and that
defence. -- in that event. A very much ahead on points and Rhys
Williams needs to get back guard up. He has done well to respond. He has
proven he has got a good solid chin, takes a good shot. He just wants to
get his hands up a bit tighter. You don't want to be up there mixing it
with the experienced Gilad. He is dropping his right every time he
fires up the jab and that is where the shot are coming from. The
referee having a look at this, a standing count come in for Rhys
Williams to protests like you can't believe it but I'm pretty sure he
can. In the an Rhys Williams is so
strong, he has taken so many punches -- Ilunga Rhys Williams.
How many... How busy standing up to this? He took a lot of shots but he
is standing up so far. You just wonder how much Lloyd Davies has
expanded earlier on. He is looking as though the energy levels they
have gone bad because it did most of the running for the first three
minutes -- may have gone bad. But he reckons again. You wonder how
much longer Rhys Williams can take these heavy shots. The referee will
be having a very good luck in between these rallies. Let's start
forget, he is only a youngster. There is their need for him to be
stuck in their taking unnecessary punishment. -- no need. A learning
experience of nothing else against the current Welsh champion. He is
taking some serious punishment than you wonder whether the referee
needs to champion, three or four to the head. -- needs to jump in. He
took a standing count for the first round and a couple of those punches
looked a little oddly. -- Oh dear. Slashing uppercut coming through
from Lloyd Davies. A few of those were making serious contact with
Rhys Williams. A massive lead of 30-4 and when he is throwing and
landing this may be shot, I am not surprised. How is Rhys Williams
standing up to this? Not the sort of man you want a bit on the street.
But good shot, Class C punches, powerful shots. -- high-class
punches. Williams is taking a lot of punishment. Another big shot
from Davies, crisp, clean punches. Massive books coming into the head
of Williams and Williams isn't going to give up, you can't blame
him for that. He has taken everything. Probably one of the
most courageous performances I have courageous performance that I think
I would rather not see. I have to agree with you, he is taking a
ridiculous amount in there and he has not really firing many back.
That is his third standing count of the bout. He has had one in every
round. The referee decides he is taking too much time and with a
minute left in the final round, it was coming for a long time. It was
coming from the first standing count, Lloyd Davies wins by a
count, Lloyd Davies wins by a stoppage. The heavyweight champion
of Wales for his second year running. The winner and the 2012
Welsh they be a Ali to his Lloyd Davies. -- A B A. Second year
running, feel-good? A Yes, I did my preparation and I homework and it
showed. A happy with that performance? Very happy. Everybody
is saying this boy of Ostrom, he has never been stopped. -- this boy
was strong. Happy to get the stoppage? Yes, even better. This is
my friend of my T-shirt, he passed away about a month ago and I would
like to dedicate it to him. Lloyd looked every bit as champion as he
through combinations of class and power continuously. The strength
and durability of Williams was amazing but eventually, at the
finishing touches forced a third round stop.
How was that you tonight? A great evening of boxing. I didn't wanted
to stop. There were a few big names missing, but it was very good.
the knockout was pretty full-on. Yes, that was my box of the night.
He has improved rapidly over the last year and he had boxed
beautifully up to them and the knockout finished it off. And the
first time we are going to see female boxing at the Olympics. You
think Wales will have some representatives? Possibly, Becky
Price is probably the favourite at of all of them to make it and there
is a good chance they are going to qualify now. -- out of. She has a
All the best action from this year's Welsh Amateur Boxing Association' Finals night at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens.
Lisa Rogers is joined by three generations of Welsh boxing greats, Nathan Cleverly, Nicky Piper and Colin Jones, with commentary from Steffan Garrero.
It's a big year for amateur boxing as London 2012 fast approaches.