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Sam Webb loses grip on British light middleweight title to Prince Arron

By Luke Cawdell
Sam Webb vs Prince Arron
Sam Webb vs Prince Arron

Sam Webb (right) loses his British title belt in a thrilling fight Pic: Peter Still

by Graham Jones

Sam Webb lost his British light middleweight title in an enthralling contest with Prince Arron at Medway Park in Gillingham on Friday night.

Webb, from Swanley, conceded a noticeable height and reach advantage to his opponent and found himself on the canvas in the fifth round.

The Swanley fighter bravely stayed on his feet in the latter rounds, as he tried to hold onto his title, before he was knocked down again in the final round and the referee stepped in to stop the fight.

Tom Dallas was unable to turn on the style in front of his home fans as he was awarded a controversial victory over Zack Page.

It was a step up in distance and class of opponent for the Chatham youngster and he was unable to trouble the experienced Page with little to choose between them in most rounds.

However, referee and sole scoring judge Ian John-Lewis believed Dallas had done enough to win and gave him a 78-76 victory, a decision that left Page clearly unhappy.

Martin Welsh’s hopes of winning the English light welterweight title were ended by champion Brian Rose.

Undefeated Welsh, from Swanley, had only ever fought in six round company before, and was hoping to pull off a shock.

But the fight was stopped in the last round when Welsh was left on the ropes after Rose landed a big right hook.

Ben Jones won the vacant English super featherweight title against Akaash Bhatia.

Jones controlled the fight and Akaash, who had been hoping to get a shot at British featherweight champion Stephen Smith later this year, was cut in the second and third round.

Following an accidental clash of heads in the eighth, the fight was stopped and the judges’ decision went Jones’ way

Menay Edwards, from Crayford, had been the first Kent fighter on show and he emerged victorious against John Anthony.

In a good cruiserweight contest, which swung way then the other, every time Anthony looked in trouble he fought back, but Edwards got the referee’s decision 60-55.

Erith's Lewis Pettitt was also victorious but had to wait until gone midnight before getting his fight on. The featherweight contest against Chuck Jones went his way to make it five straight wins from five.

Heavyweight Dillian Whyte made no slip up on his professional debut by beating Tayar Mehmed.

The powerful Whyte, a former kickboxer, looked dangerous throughout against his resilient Bulgarian opponent and got the decision 40-36.

Tony Hill had won the opening bout of the night when the referee stopped his middleweight fight against Paul Samuels in round two.

KM Group photographer Peter Still captured the action on Friday night. Click here for a selection of his pictures.

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