Adil Anwar wins Prizefighter
Paul Wheeler - boxing.bettor.com
Adil Anwar won the latest edition of Prizefighter, the lighter-welterweights when he beat Tyrone Nurse in the final at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.
The first quarter-final brought together stablemates Mark Lloyd and Young Mutley, the former British champion. Mutley, who had boxed once in the previous 22 months, was expected to win a match-up between fighters with a combined age of 71 years and, perhaps with that in mind, they both seemed to be pacing themselves early on.
Mutley seemed to edge it although he needed a split decision and went on to meet Nurse in the semi-final.
Nurse came through a quarter-final against Dale Miles in what was a battle of the unbeaten records. Nurse, 20-0, had been making a lot of noise on the small-halls circuit while Miles, 12-0, had the sort of knockout record to make anyone sit up and take notice or lie flat out if they were on the wrong end of it.
Miles was looking to land the heavy stuff while Nurse was landing more of the scoring shots and keep out of harm’s way. Nurse took the opening round but Miles had more success in the second, when he switched to body shots but a cut to his left eye was not good news.
He then sustained a second cut over the other eye and the referee had no choice but to stop the contest.
In the bottom half of the draw Anwar won the youth-versus-experience encounter with Barry Morrison.
Morrison, the former British champion who lost a European title fight with Paul McCloskey back in 2007, was back for another shot but was struggling to get close enough to gets his shots off against the elusive Anwar, who looked awkward but was throwing plenty with enough landing to pick up the first round.
Morrison had more success in the next two rounds but Anwar coped well enough to get the decision and a match-up with John Watson after he beat Dean Harrison in the last quarter-final.
Harrison was the local man – unbeaten in the eight times he had boxed in Wolverhampton - who hardly lacked for support while Watson was in need of all the support he could get. But it was Harrison who needed the support when Watson decked him in the first minute of the opening round and he finished the job when the referee waved it off in the second minute.
Mutley went into the first semi-final having seen just about everything in a long career. But seeing Nurse was one matter, dealing with him was something else in what was a scrappy first three minutes. By the second, Nurse looked in control as Mutley – at his best in the counter-puncher role – looked a rather tired old dog despite a final-minute burst as his younger opponent went through on the cards.
Watson had a couple of unsuccessful attempts at the British lightweight title but looked a different item at this weight - until he met Anwar in the second semi-final.
Anwar was keeping Watson out of range with his jab in the first round and the Liverpool man struggled to come to terms with Anwar. Watson caught Anwar with a couple of shots in the second, but without getting the range to do real damage and he was in need of something big in the final three minutes.
Watson was two rounds down and could never really get to grips as Anwar took all three rounds on all the scoresheets.
Anwar has a style that would not please many purists but it is tailor-made for this format and left Nurse with a problem to solve in the final.
Nurse tried to come forward in an attempt to adapt his style to combat Anwar’s but his opponent made a fast start of his own when he jolted Nurse with a couple of decent shots.
As finals go it was perhaps not a classic but that is not what will be inscribed on the Prizefighter trophy. Instead it will be the name of Anwar who picked off Nurse through the second as he won the round on the back foot when he needed to but then worked to the body when he had the opportunity.
It was more of the same in the final round – although Nurse did make some inroads - as Anwar took the decision – 30-28, 29-28, 30-27.
Adil Anwar(Pic Jav Iqbal)