Hunt beats Flint in Central Area battle

James Flint vs Dom Hunt, Central Area Welterweight Title, Sheffield. 13 November 2021 Picture By Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing Dom Hunt wins

Dom Hunt claimed his first professional title as he remained undefeated in a Yorkshire derby.

The Wakefield welterweight was in against Jimmy Joe Flint for the vacant Central Area title at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield.

Hunt, with former world champion Junior Witter in his corner, won the fight against Flint –– who resides in Doncaster –– by a five-point margin on referee Steve Gray’s scorecard.

The fight took place as part of the supporting cast to Kid Galahad’s bid to make his first successful defence of the IBF featherweight world title against Kiko Martinez, exclusively live on DAZN.

It was all-action for the full 10 rounds, with Flint starting the better of the pair before Hunt came into the fight just before the midway point and took over.

Gray, in the middle, gave in his card at the end of the pulsating affair and it read 98 points to 93, handing Flint his first defeat in 11 professional outings.

Hunt, with the victory, improves to 8-0 with one quick finish.

Meanwhile, Donte Dixon boxed over eight rounds and was given a tough test by Jordan McCorry.

The former Scottish Area champion was in against Billy Joe Saunders’ protégé and, despite giving a game account of himself, was dropped from a body shot in the sixth round.

And after getting up –– and losing a point –– McCorry continued, to his credit, and survived to see the final bell where he was on the wrong end of a 77-73 points decision.

Former Team GB amateur standout William Cawley got off and running with a pretty straightforward points win on his debut.

The Oldham fighter, who is looked after by MTK Global, was a long-standing member of the amateur setup in Sheffield and, after making transition to the paid code, without the vest and headguard, impressed in his first assignment under the lights.

Cawley faced Stephen Jackson over four rounds and came away with a 40 points to 36 victory, despite referee Howard Foster having to warn him due to his overeagerness after a low blow.

After a positive start, Cawley went through the gears but just couldn’t step on it enough to get Jackson –– with Curtis Gargano in his corner –– to go early.

Stevi Levy impressed in front of her fans on the big stage as she took on former Raven Chapman opponent Polina Golubeva.

Levy, managed by David Allen, moved to 5-0 with a 40-36 victory against the Estonian and will be hoping to have made a lasting impression on Matchroom head honcho Eddie Hearn, who was watching at ringside.

Khalid Ayub improved his record to two fights undefeated with another distance job.

The home city resident made his debut back in September and followed up a 40-36 win over Tim Ventrella with a result against Stanko Jermelic.

Ayub, managed by Thomas Stalker and MTK Global, dropped the Croatian in the third with a quality left hook, reasserting his dominance before coming away with a 40-35 scorecard from referee Howard Foster.

And the aforementioned Chapman kicked off the show with a six-round decision win.

The High Wycombe featherweight, who only made her debut in the paid code six weeks ago, took on Karina Kopinska as she stepped up in level and secured a verdict over the former Katie Taylor, the current undisputed lightweight world champion, and Natasha Jonas victim on referee Steve Gray’s scorecard, with the third man –– from Fleetwood –– scoring it a shutout at 60-54.

Kopinska, from Poland, had shared the ring with the likes of IBF and WBC world female super-lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron and Rhiannon Dixon prior to her latest reverse, which sees her record slip to 14-45-4 (3).

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