Conway gets better of Metcalf in super-welterweight clash in Liverpool

Kieron Conway got the better of the 10-round clash with James Metcalf.

The pair of super-welterweights did battle in at a 157-pound catchweight and the man from Northampton came out on top against ‘Kid Shamrock’.

The scorecards were close and, in truth, it was a very close fight, with both men having their successes at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

But it was Conway, the former WBA Inter-Continental super-welterweight champion who went into the fight on the back of a defeat to Souleymane Cissokho, who was awarded the clash against the former Commonwealth and WBC International belt holder.

The fight took place, exclusively live on DAZN, as part of the battle for Scouse super-welterweight supremacy between rivals Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler.

And the three scoring judges at ringside gave it to Conway by margins of 96-94 and 96-95 twice, despite Metcalf being told by his corner on several occasions that he was ahead in the fight.

For Metcalf, it’s back-to-back reverses, after his Gibraltar stoppage defeat at the hands of Ted Cheeseman back in March, but Conway has breathed new life into his credentials to be at the very top of the domestic mix in a red-hot division.

Meanwhile, Luke Willis looks set to step up and fight for his first title in his next fight after securing a tight points victory.

Willis, managed by former WBC world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, took on Rylan Charlton in an official eliminator for the English lightweight title.

And despite having a point deducted in the final of 10 rounds, Willis –– who took full advantage of his first opportunity on the big stage –– was on the right end of 95-95, 95-94 and 95-94 tallies from the three scoring judges.

Solomon Dacres successfully stepped up in level against durable heavyweight Kamil Sokolowski.

The Pole, who had previously shared the ring with recently retired Liverpudlian David Price among others, was in with the Midlands man over eight rounds.

Dacres, nicknamed ‘The Real Deal’, had a number of fights in the World Series of Boxing before turning professional after a stellar amateur stint and secured a 78-74 points win to move to three fights unbeaten without the vest and headguard.

Robbie Davies Jr., who was a late addition to the card after the removals of Natasha Jonas and Rhiannon Dixon, won his first fight under his new coach Shane McGuigan.

Davies Jr., a former British, Commonwealth and European champion at super-lightweight, was in action against Jonny Phillips over six rounds and got a stoppage win after the referee Steve Gray called a halt to proceedings after two minutes and 28 seconds of the fourth. 

And Blane Hyland moved to 5-1 with a 39-37 points victory over Santiago San Eusebio in the opener.

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