Tommy Coward defeat spoils the party ‘but he’ll be back’

So close: Tommy Coward gets in a right in his defeat against Hibbert and vows to return stronger
So close: Tommy Coward gets in a right in his defeat against Hibbert and vows to return stronger

THE main event broke promoter Stefy Bull’s heart but he’d enjoyed a successful night before that.

His fighter Tommy Coward was beaten by John Wayne Hibbert by a solitary point at the Dome last weekend after the rest of Bull’s stable had picked up wins.

The successes of Connor Nixon, Stuart Brookes, Ste Mac, Gavin McDonnell and Maxi Hughes all impressed Bull.

“Connor can really dig for a little kid and he hurt the other lad,” said Bull.

“Stuart was facing an animal who we later found out was the Hungarian heavyweight cage fighting champion. Apparently he flew back there and had a fight the day after in a cage!

“He was such a tough guy and I bet English promoters won’t be rushing to bring him over again. All credit to Stuart who dealt with him, though. That’s the gamble you have to take sometimes.

“He was throwing punches from Conisborough and Mexborough in the ring and my heart fell to my pants, if I’m being honest! Stuart had to box him, keep his shape and be professional and he did.”

Both McDonnell and Mac (real name Stephen McIntosh) also had to deal with awkward European opposition but came through with points wins.

Denaby’s Adam Jones also won on debut and Barnsley’s Andy Townend notched his third straight win as a professional.

The main event did put a dampener on proceedings but Bull thinks Coward will come back stronger.

“It was always going to be a risk but I want to be known as a promoter who puts 50/50 fights on shows because that’s what gets bums on seats,” explained Bull.

“It was genuinely one of the best fights I’ve ever seen and if it hadn’t been for a knockdown Tommy would’ve won.

“Even in the dressing room afterwards he was talking about how he was going to come back stronger, which is of course a good sign.”

Bull-managed fighter Joe Elfidh from Harworth will contest the vacant Central Area lightweight title on June 22 at Bolton’s De Vere Whites Hotel.