Weekend to forget for city’s fight fraternity

Shaun Tribble takes on Ideh Ockuko
Shaun Tribble takes on Ideh Ockuko
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It proved to be a miserable weekend for Portsmouth’s pro fighter fraternity.

Paul Morby found himself on the end of a comprehensive points defeat to Rocky Fielding in Liverpool.

And there was frustration for Shaun Tribble and Simon Parkins on their big fight bows.

Parkins was stopped in a round against Welshman Chris Ware in Swansea.

And Tribble found himself on the wrong side of a 39-37 decision against Ideh Ockuko at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Morby lost every round to Fielding at the Olympia, as the Portsmouth survivor went down to a 60-54 loss in another contest taken at short notice.

The 31-year-old withstood some bruising shots from the heavy hitting Fielding.

However, Morby made it through to the final bell.

Not being stopped now frees him up to have his next contest on the Portsmouth show, which takes place at Liquid & Envy on October 15.

His trainer Michael Ballingall is confident he will get back to winning ways there. Ballingall said: ‘It was a hard contest for Paul.

‘But he showed his bravery to get through it and earn himself a pay day.

‘He made things tough for Fielding and took some good shots.

‘He also landed some decent shots, too, which silenced the crowd.

‘Like I always say, you have to give him credit because he doesn’t duck fights others would refuse.

‘He has come through it and now wants to come back and put on a show on home soil.’

Parkins took his fight to former Welsh amateur champion Ware in a brawl of a battle.

Both men were letting the leather go in the opening round.

But it was Parkins who was caught first.

The referee then stepped in to wave off the contest.

Tribble’s meeting with Ockuko proved to be a highly-entertaining battle.

The Bridgemary man enjoyed some success against his London opponent with some clean hitting.

Ockuko’s quicker start saw him take the decision, however, by a couple of rounds.

His trainer Jack Bishop believes there was plenty of promise in Tribble’s display.

Bishop said: ‘Sam paid the price for getting caught and will have to learn from that.

‘Shaun fought a great fight.

‘And I thought he had done enough to nick it.

‘The referee gave it the other way, though.

‘His work rate was quite low early on otherwise he would have won it clearly.

‘But he’s a lovely kid with decent spirit.

‘There are things to improve on but we’ll look to get him out again soon.’

Bognor’s Liam Griffiths lost his second pro contest.

He eventually went down to a four-round points loss to fancied debut-making Lee Owen in London.