Collins Steps Up To The Distance

Tommy Collins put on an all-action crowd-pleasing performance beating Marian Wesoloski at the H Suite in Edgbaston.

It was the ninth time the big Birmingham City fan had stepped through the ropes as a professional but the first time over the eight-round distance.

His opponent from Tychy in Poland had an unorthodox hyper aggressive style and showed almost a complete disregard for defence.

Collins who is entering his fourth year in the paid ranks handled the early onslaught and was landing at will with the higher quality shot’s. Body punching has always been a strength of the 25-year-old and he landed several punishing blows which sapped the energy from Wesoloski.

Both men continued to trade down the stretch however the rounds were only going one way and it was no surprise as referee Chris Dean’s scorecard was read out 80-72.
A title shot could happen in the near future and with the incredible support and beaming smile Birmingham could have a star in the making.

Another boxer eyeing up an area title is Bloxwich’s Ryan Woolridge who made it a magnificent seven wins out of seven since turning over in 2021.

The ‘Giraffe’ as he is affectionately called by trainer Peter Hickenbottom stands over six feet and boxes out of the southpaw stance which makes him a very tricky test for anyone around his weight.

His opponent Kristaps Zulgis who moved to the U.K from his native Latvia showed his experience in the opponent’s corner trying to slow the action and tie up Woolridge at any opportunity.

Despite these tactics Woolridge showed patience and maturity using his superior jab and length to take a comfortable 40-36 points win.

Nico Ogbeide looked full of confidence in his professional debut winning every round against Logan Paling. A former successful white-collar boxer from Bordesley Green he made a late decision to go pro at the age of 29 and a few months later than initially planned he got his first win 40-36.

Northampton’s Nico Michael boxing away from his hometown for the first time and kept his unbeaten run going, beating Steven Maguire 39-37 over four competitive rounds.

After a five-year hiatus you would expect Telford’s Tony Jones to show some ring rust but the ‘Spiritual Warrior’ looked as though he had never been away outpointing Jordan Ellison 39-37 in the show’s opener.

Jones who has won ten out of his eleven fights looks set to have a very interesting part two of what was once a very promising career.

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