Worth the wait as home show proves a hit

Joel McIntyre on his way to victory over Billy Boyle Picture: Mick Young
Joel McIntyre on his way to victory over Billy Boyle Picture: Mick Young

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Portsmouth’s emerging professionals are hoping to lead boxing in to a bright, new era in the city after a barnstorming weekend return.

The paid ranks made a successful comeback after 16 months away in front of a decent crowd at Liquid & Envy nightclub on Saturday night.

And the punters weren’t disappointed as excitement was served up from top to bottom on the bill to send them home happy.

Joel McIntyre proved he has the talent to potentially go a long way, as he won every round against former Commonwealth title challenger Billy Boyle.

And Mark Coombs put on a composed boxing display against vastly-experienced journeyman Billy Smith to chalk up a 40-37 points win.

Liam Griffiths grabbed his first pro win in a rough, tough tear-up with seasoned war horse Johnny Greaves.

Floyd Moore had to settle for a draw in his rematch with Dan Carr, in what proved a nip-and-tuck affair.

McIntyre was happy to deliver a win for his supporters but feels there is still a lot of progress to be made.

He said: ‘I was pleased enough. It was a half-decent performance but there is a lot of room for improvement.

‘He is a tough boy and people know him. I won every round, though, and some people may notice that.

‘I’ve got the power to hurt people with my shots, I’ve just got to work on throwing combinations.

‘It was great to have the fight in Portsmouth. It’s emotional to have all the interest in me and I appreciate it.

‘Now I want to get out again quickly and push on.’

Coombs showed good skills on the outside against Smith to the delight of his followers.

He paid tribute to the backing they gave him as they cheered him on to victory.

Coombs said: ‘It’s a good win to get on my record, considering he has boxed all the top boys.

‘He was strong and tough so I had to stay away from him but I jabbed well.

‘It was a better-than-average performance but I need to work on things. You learn a lot from fights like that.

‘It was a great turn out and I was really pleased with the fans’ support. Hopefully, they’ll come out and watch me again.’

Griffiths infuriated Greaves on the way to victory in their show opener.

Londoner Greaves has seen it all in a long career in the game but was needled by the Bognor man’s in-your-face tactics.

That proved a ringing endorsement of the 24-year-old’s performance as he grabbed a 39-38 points win on a perfect day for him.

Griffiths said: ‘He’s a tough portsider and came to win this one rather than survive.

‘He was trying to get into my head but I’m not the type to be intimidated by that.

‘In the end, it was him who was moaning to the ref, which is a good sign, really.

‘I’m a big Pompey fan so with us both getting wins, things couldn’t have gone better. Hopefully it’s a new beginning for us both!’

Moore was disappointed not to get the decision over Carr.

It proved a tight battle with the man from Trowbridge, although Moore looked to have just about edged.

He said: ‘I feel a bit disappointed. A lot of people thought I did enough.

‘I tried my best for my supporters. I’ve had an up-and-down career already, but I know I’ll bounce back with a win.’