Boxing: Ryan Hookway hits back for victory
Leicester welterweight Ryan Hookway picked himself off the floor to extend his unbeaten record in Newark – and Paul Butlin needed just one hand to get his career back on track on the same bill.
More than 100 fans headed up the A46 to cheer on Hookway – but they were silenced when Danny Dontchev dropped him with a left hook in the third round.
Hookway was up quickly and soon back in charge. He put together fast-fisted flurries in the fifth and then got behind his jab in the last round to secure a 58-55 points win.
Trainer Neil Tomlinson said: "Ryan will learn from that. He showed a lot of character."
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Tomlinson was also in the corner with Melton heavyweight Butlin for his four-round fight against Paul Morris.
Butlin, who is looking to kick-start his career after four years on the road battling top prospects at short notice, broke his left hand in the opening round.
He dug deep to take charge and made sure of victory with a big last round. Butlin drove Morris around the ring with sledgehammer rights to secure a 39-37 points win.
"That was the lucky 13th win of my career. " said Butlin, "Now I want to keep winning and climbing the rankings."
Netherhall teenager Joe Thorpe settled a score in Northampton.
Thorpe was determined to turn the tables on Kaylan Abrahams after he had taken away his unbeaten record on Leicester Railwaymen's ABC's show last month.
Coach Dave 'Sticky' Pratt told the 17 year-old from Netherhall to apply non-stop pressure – and he did that from first bell to last to claim a majority points win.