Pain turns to gain for Neale

Garry Neale fought through the pain barrier to deservedly claim the International Masters bronze title at the Mountbatten Centre last night     Picture: Mick Young

Garry Neale fought through the pain barrier to deservedly claim the International Masters bronze title at the Mountbatten Centre last night Picture: Mick Young

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Garry Neale went through the pain barrier to deliver on his biggest night in boxing.

Neale claimed the International Masters bronze title as he inflicted a comprehensive 80-72 points victory over slippery Slovakian Elemir Rafael last night.

And he was given some knockout support as both Joel McIntyre and debut-making Biola Kudus served up concussive performances at the Mountbatten Centre.

Light-heavyweight McIntyre floored Romanian Mihai Macovei four times on the way to a fourth-round stoppage win.

And it took Kudus three rounds to get rid of Bulgarian Lyubomir Metodiev on a night for the cruiserweight to remember on his bow.

Titchfield’s Danny Couzens was also a 40-37 points winner over Curtis Gargano on his return to the ring after more than a year out.

Top-of-the-bill Neale dominated Rafael and looked to be on the way to an early night before damaging his right hand in the third, as he stepped up to the eight-round distance for the first time.

The lightweight applied pressure from the outset and unloaded some eye-catching body shots and uppercuts as he pressured his rival.

The 26-year-old looked a little tentative at times, however, over the second half of the fight and content to cruise.

Neale delivered a grandstand finish, however, which had the crowd on its feet – before revealing his injury slowed him.

He will have time for that to heal, though, before working towards a Southern Area title in 2015.

Neale said: ‘It feels great to get the win, really good.

‘It’s also really decent to get those eight rounds under my belt.

‘The hand went in the third, and it’s sore, but I got on with it.

‘My work rate was up and down and I was throwing nice shots.

‘It got a bit dirty with him - but I got a bit dirty back!

‘Now I want to have a good Christmas and my baby is due in the new year.

‘Hopefully then I can get down to super-featherweight and go for a Southern Area title in 2015.’

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