Boxing: Jones delivers the goods in heavyweight clash
REECE Jones was crowned heavyweight king at Stoke's King's Hall.
Jones, from Uttoxeter, was matched with Lewis Donnelly for the EBF Midlands Area heavyweight championship and at the midway point of the four-round bout, the fight was in the balance.
Jones, fighting to raise funds for the Air Ambulance charity, dominated the third in front of 1,000 fight fans.
The 25-year-old scaffolder started stepping in behind his thumping jab to unload fast-fisted flurries, then had the better of an exchange in the dying seconds of the round.
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Donnelly needed a big effort in the last round to turn the fight his way, but Jones lasted the pace and snatched a close points decision.
Jones is expected to defend his belt at the King's Hall on Friday, November 30.
Cheadle's Danny Chell was another popular winner on the EBF-sanctioned shows.
He handed Rich Davies a first-round count with his whirlwind attacks, but was taken the distance.
Will Ferns showed plenty of promise
He boxed smoothly behind his jab in the opening two rounds to keep James Jackson in his shell, then whipped over a right hand in the third that shook up the Liverpudlian and inflicted a cut above his left eye.
Chris Crutchley delighted the home fans by out-pointing Levi Langhan after handing him a count in the last round and Jake Barrett out-punched Steve Parkin.
Fans' favourite John Phillips was edged out by Gaz Daniels in a heavyweight clash and big-hitting Marshall Tarakmail overwhelmed John Smith in the opening session.
SCOTT Lawton is ready to send his new boxers into battle.
Lawton, a challenger for British, Commonwealth and European titles during his career, is busy preparing four Potteries-based punchers for their professional debuts.
Fenton flyweight Brett Fido is matched with Louis Norman in Leicestershire on Friday, October 5 and seven days later, Liam Hanrahan, a highly-rated super-bantamweight from Macclesfield, boxes in Manchester.
Nicky Burndred and Wade Armour will now make their professional debuts in front of their home crowd at the Moat House in Stoke on Saturday, November 3.