Two national titles on superb night for Team Block boxers

BLOCK BUSTERS -- the successful fighters and coaches from Team Block, who took the show in Nottingham by storm.
BLOCK BUSTERS -- the successful fighters and coaches from Team Block, who took the show in Nottingham by storm.

The Team Block academy of semi-professional boxers in the Hucknall and Bulwell area packed a punch when they sent a team to a show in Nottingham.

Of nine fighters on the Organised International Boxing Association (OIBA) bill, all but one triumphed.

And now the team are ready for upcoming shows this year in Scotland, Newcastle, Stoke and Leeds.

Team Block is run by former British cruiserweight champion Shane McPhilbin.

And the first of his charges to make an impact was Jack ‘Thunder’ McCormack, who made his final semi-pro fight a winning one. For he beat the expe rienced John Spencer to land the OIBA English light-welterweight title.

McCormack was always in control, thanks to some big body-shots, and he dropped Spencer in the third round.

Meanwhile a British title was successfully defended by highly-rated Anthony ‘Grella’ Johnson, who needed only 70 seconds to knock out his opponent with a terrific right-hand punch. The win earned Johnson a crack at popular English champion Corey Jackson later in the year.

Also involved in a title fight was Jack Fletcher, who took on Darren Snow for the English cruiserweight belt.

He gave a brilliant account of himself in only his fourth bout. But after both boxers had gone toe to toe for four rounds, Snow won on points.

Of the other Team Block boxers, Karsten ‘Archer’ Lenjoint continued his unbeaten run with victory over Carl Sweeney. In a high-tempo contest, Lenjoint wanted it more and is going to take some stopping.

Two fighters made victorious comebacks, most notably Dean ‘Machine’ Lowton, who was returning after 13 years out of the ring.

Middleweight Lowton mixed his shots from body to head and only 81 seconds into the opening round, he floored opponent Marek Paskevic, who couldn’t recover.

Jay ‘2 Da P’ Parkin was also back after a year’s absence -- and worked his jab and combinations perfectly to win all three rounds of a fight against Steve Hall that took the eye of everyone for its boxing skills.

Parkin is in line for an English middleweight title clash next.

Elsewhere on the card, Marko Vassell marked his Team Block debut by needing less than a round to beat Dean Regan. The fight was stopped after Regan came under fire from Vassell’s combinations.

Also making his first appearance for McPhilbin’s crew was Marc Bell, who scored a unanimous points win over a bigger and more seasoned opponent, Danny Payne.

Bell came up with the perfect game-plan to utilise his speed, and could be set to make a good name for himself at cruiserweight level.

A points triumph was also celebrated by Simon ‘Scorpion’ Morrell, who worked his jab well and landed lots of good shots to defeat Paul Kenyon convincingly.