Brilliant Brady is too quick for rival

Dave Birmingham. Picture: Neil Marshall

Birmingham wins Irish friends as he eyes future title

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Rising star Tony Brady showcased his talent with an emphatic performance as Portsmouth ABC staged their home show in the city.

Nine of the 12 home fighters on the bill recorded victories in front of two-time world heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon, who attended the event.

And Brady, who is aiming for national ABAE Novice Championships glory in 2013, showed why he is turning heads.

Since putting on a pair of boxing gloves for the first time in September of last year, he has already been crowned British Universities cruiserweight champion.

The fighter, who studies forensic investigation at the University of Portsmouth, took that title in March, having also won the English universities crown.

And he lifted the roof off Liquid & Envy nightclub, in Portsmouth, with a points victory over durable opponent Dan Bentley, a marine, from the 45 Commando club.

‘Tony is a rising star, he’s a natural,’ said Portsmouth ABC coach Wayne Gardiner.

‘Ever since he walked into the gym in September he has been a breath of fresh air.

‘He’s like a sponge. He takes in everything you tell him and tries it and tries it until he understands why you are telling him.

‘Tony is a dream to have in the gym and he has already developed quite a following.’

Brady put his extra speed to good use and decisively upped the pace in the second round, putting Bentley under pressure with accurate combinations.

The onslaught continued in the third round and Brady was rewarded with a unanimous decision to extend his perfect record to six wins from six contests.

Gardiner added: ‘Dan Bentley is a very hard man. He’s a strong man and is very durable.

‘He had already had nine fights going into the contest – a lesser opponent would probably have been stopped. Tony is soft on his feet, though, and was too quick.’

Brady will look to continue his rapid progress when he takes part in the Haringey Cup next month.

Home fighters did plenty of damage on the night with Luke Greenslade, a first-year student at the University of Portsmouth, packing a serious punch as he recorded a majority points success over Titchfield’s Adam Lodge.

The rivals got caught up in the frenzied atmosphere as technique and tactics were swapped in favour of brawling and battering.

‘It was an emotional contest – both boys got told off by the referee,’ said Gardiner.

‘Luke’s performance was all passion, heart and emotion.

‘He lost his focus and got drawn into a fight but he will learn a lot from it.’

Other home winners were Robert Crabb, George Dance, Ashley Dantzie, Paulos Putnas, Richard Tyler, Ernie Wvojick and Zak Cunningham.

Gardiner was delighted with boxing’s latest big success story in the city.

He said: ‘I am very proud. All boxers gave their all.

‘I thank everyone for their efforts – especially boxer Mario Oliveras, who pretty much ran the event for me, and Ken Charmen, who was the representative from the ABA.’