By Alexey Sukachev
Medway Park Leisure Centre in Gillingham, England - In one of the most epic recent fisticuffs, WBC #19 Sam Webb (17-2, 5 KOs) dramatically lost his BBBofC light middleweight crown to extremely tall young fighter and 2010 Prizefighter winner Prince Arron (21-3-1, 4 KOs) with a fascinating last-round TKO. Time was 1:47 of the twelfth round, when referee Victor Loughlin stepped in and waved the contest off in favor of 6'3'' Arron Jones; Webb being mercilessly punished in the corner. BoxingScene had it 103-104 - for the challenger coming into the last round of this pitch battle.
It was a hard road for Arron, who had previously lost to Anthony Small in his fourth fight as a pro (Small was defeated by Webb for the title) and to John Duddy back in 2007. Smaller and stockier Webb delivered an A-game in the opening rounds. He used hit-and-run switching tactics to frustrate the long-armed challenger. Webb looked superior in the technical department and was too quick for the "Prince". It has all changed in the fifth stanza, when Webb was hit flush by one of the top haymakers by Arron. His legs turned into spaghetti and soon thereafter he went down on another huge series by Arron. Webb was so badly shaken that is was literally a miracle that he survived till the bell. This round could easily have been 10-7 with a single knockdown.
Even more amazing is that Webb was able to stand upright and counter Arron in the sixth round although he had clearly lost that stanza. Things got better for the champion after that, and he won the seventh and the eighth rounds with his activity and sudden thrust combinations.In the same round eight, however, Webb was cut on his forehead after an accidental clash of heads. Round nine was once again for Arron, who mysteriously found an inner power (despite having just 15 percent of his wins coming by the way of knockout before the fight) to wobble Webb again. In round ten, Arron sent the champion down badly with a wicked right hand, which was mistakengly ruled a slip by referee Victor Loughlin. Arron's dominance got bigger and bigger in the eleventh, and, finally, in the twelfth he was able to finish the champion off with another series of blows. Huge win for young Prince Arron!
Ian John-Lewis, who is regarded by many to be one of the leading British referees and judges, will have a hard time looking in someone's eyes after his shameful and extremely controversial decision to raise the hand of previously unbeaten heavyweight prospect Tom Dallas (15-0, 11 KOs) after an eight-round boxing clinic from the hands of top-gear journeyman Zack Page (21-35-2, 7 KOs) at Medway Park Leisure Centre in Gillingham, England.
Towering (6'6'') Dallas was just not in the same ring with much smaller but way much more skillful and cagey American veteran. The robotic Brit just went after elusive Page one round after another and mauled air instead of his opponent's head and body. The majority of punches, landed by Dallas, were kidney punches, and almost all telling blows, thrown by Tom, were hitting nothing but an air flow around American's head. Page wasn't active too, throwing little in return. Remarkably, however, he landed the cleanest and the crispiest punches of the two. Meanwhile, Dallas was unable to put forward anything of note and to create any troubles for the American switch-hitter, who looked a superior fighter tonight.
At the end (and predictably for those sceptics who aren't too high on domestic judging), Ian John-Lewis astonishingly saw it 78-76 - for incapable Dallas. Jim Watt of Sky Sports had it 77-75 - for Page. This reporter had it way wider (79-74), while BoxingScene's Alexey Uralets scored a shutout (80-72) - also for the misjudged American. Dallas was taken into school tonight but was very lucky not to find himself in the same company with Americans Kasim Howard and Eugene Hill and German Sebastian Koeber. All of those undefeated prospects lost their unblemished records against Zack Page, who is way better thanhis subpar record suggests. He also has wins over former WBA champion Lou Del Valle and Mike Tyson's last conqueror Kevin McBride.