Brutal Jason Cunningham hints at very bright future with title triumph

Jason Cunningham celebrates with trainers Ray Doyle (left) and Stefy Bull (right).
Jason Cunningham celebrates with trainers Ray Doyle (left) and Stefy Bull (right).

This could be the start of something very special.

Jason Cunningham produced a brutal four round assault to secure the English bantamweight title at the Dome last weekend and marked himself out as a definite one to watch in doing so.

His assault of a game opponent in Scott Gladwin was one borne from a complete dominance of physicality and will.

There was no surprise when Gladwin failed to rise from his stool before the start of the fifth round, such was the mauling he had received.

Woodlands’ Cunningham’s pro career has been one of self-imposed exile from his home town but he ‘came home’ late last year to work with Stefy Bull.

And he showed everyone in the town exactly what they have been missing, delivering a hint at an exciting future.

Cunningham’s quest is to clean up after Jamie McDonnell in the bantamweight division and he has commenced with the English crown first won by his new gym mate seven years ago.

Like McDonnell and despite starting out among the flyweights, Cunningham looks big and strong at the weight.

He used his height advantage to start strongly, working the jab well.

A superb overhand left from the southpaw sent Gladwin crashing down in the first round while a much more tame effort put him on his backside again close to the end of the first three minutes.

Cunningham was in a mood to punish and a crunching left hook to the body had Gladwin down again in the second.

Such was his dominance, Cunningham rarely emerged from second gear while Gladwin showed remarkable heart to battle on.

Another huge left to the body in the fourth brought the beginning of the end as it was clear to see damage was done.

Gladwin would not come out for the fifth, sending Cunningham’s sizeable support into raptures, deep into the midnight hour after a packed night of boxing.

Plenty will be returning to see what the future holds for an exciting talent in Cunningham.

Denaby Main’s nomadic Adam Jones narrowly missed out on the chance to secure his first professional title but far from disgraced himself on his own Doncaster ‘homecoming.’

There was very little between Jones and opponent Tom Knight in their battle for the British Masters Bronze light middleweight crown.

Knight was sent crashing down to the mat with a big right hook in the third and certainly took his time to recover.

Knight was allowed to grow in the fight and the Hull man’s flashier style caught the eye a little more than the straight up boxing approach of Jones.

It was a decision which could have gone either way, with a draw probably the most fair result, but Knight took the title with a 77-75 verdict from referee Graeme Williams.

Luke Crowcroft stepped up in class with ease to earn a six round triumph over Harry Matthews.

Matthews may now have more defeats on his record than victories but he has proved a troublesome opponent for plenty, including taking highly-fancied Chris Eubank Jnr the distance almost two years ago.

Despite still being just 19, Scawthorpe super middleweight Crowcroft dealt with Matthews with remarkable maturity.

He bossed the majority of the fight and looked strong against a durable foe.

The 58-57 decision in Crowcroft’s favour felt far too tight for a contest in which he was a clear winner but the win will be valuable to have under his belt as he marches on.

Harworth light welter Josh Morgan suffered an unwelcome disruption to his bout when trainer Jim Evans walked out of the ring with opponent Ibrar Riyaz.

Evans could not contain his displeasure with referee Williams after the official stopped his man Jack Heath in the night’s opening bout against Thomas Harty.

And with Williams set to referee Riyaz’s bout with Morgan, he temporarily withdrew his man from the bout until Michael Alexander stepped in to officiate.

The disruption did not seem to hurt Morgan too much as he controlled the bout with a great deal of composure and good use of the jab, though he continues to lack a varied attack to the body that will help him push on.

It was somewhat surprising when Alexander declared a draw after the four round contest, ending Morgan’s 100 per cent win record in his fifth contest.

Stainforth super bantam Harty started the evening in explosive style and it is likely only trainer Evans had a problem when opponent Heath was waved off.

The baby-faced 19-year-old is a real throwback fighter, relentless in his attack and seeming to have little regard for defending himself.

From the first bell he surged at Heath, a fighter who stopped his previous two opponents. Soon the Maidenhead man’s face was a bloody mess that only worsened as the rounds wore on.

Harty sent him crashing to the mat late in the third with a beautiful left hook and repeated the feat in the fourth.

Heath bravely rose to his feet on both occasions but faced further pressure from Harty, leading to Williams stepping in.

Harty’s fellow Stainforth slugger Micky Davies put months of hand problems behind him with a composed victory over journeyman Dee Mitchell.

Light middle Davies controlled the contest, boxing well at distance with great use of the jab.

There were few of the big power shots that marked Davies out in his early career but this was a contest about getting him back into the swing following injury trouble and a disappointing draw last time out.

After a bit of a lull in the middle rounds he surged in the final three minutes, showing strong movement and shot selection to earn a 40-37 decision from Alexander.

Aston Jolly completed the Stainforth interest with a second win in his second bout, taking every round against Grzegorz Sikorski who was left with a nasty cut across his scalp.

The light middle was rarely troubled by his Polish foe and did not have to produce anything spectacular to earn his triumph.