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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 June 2007, 19:47 GMT 20:47 UK
Gammer gets back on winning trail
Scott Gammer eased to a comfortable points win over Paul King
Gammer eased to a comfortable points win over King
Former British heavyweight champion Scott Gammer took his first steps on the road back to a title shot with a workman-like points win on Sunday.

Sheffield journeyman Paul King had stepped in as a late opponent in Neath.

Gammer won all six rounds against King, who was content to concentrate on survival at the Cwrt Herbert Centre.

Top of the card saw a thrilling Celtic light welterweight title fight, with Stuart Phillips wresting the crown from Ceri Hall on his first title defence.

Gammer, 30, suffered two withdrawals by planned opponents leading up to the Neath show.

The Pembroke Dock fighter had been due to meet Colin Kenna, but he suffered a nose injury and stand-in Franklin Egobe withdrew late Wednesday with a shoulder problem.

King, who now holds a record of 5-18-1 (1 KO) is a previous Gammer victim, having suffered a three-round knock-out to the Welshman in 2004.

Perhaps keeping that experience in mind, King back-pedalled almost from start to finish, content to keep out of trouble and occasionally catch Gammer with a long left jab.

The performance was nothing special, but the important thing is that it was six rounds in

Scott Gammer

Gammer doubled the 32-year-old up with a chunky left to the body in round two and had King wobbling when that hook connected to the head in the fourth.

A straight left in the last saw King's legs stiffen momentarily to round off a routine 60-54 win for Gammer on his first return to the ring since losing the British title to Danny Williams at the same venue in March.

"It felt okay, it felt alright in there, there was no difference in how I felt than usual," Gammer told BBC Sport Wales.

"If anything was to happen it would have been psychological because I got stopped last time but it didn't bother me at all, I wasn't thinking about it one bit.

"The performance was okay, nothing special, but the important thing is that it was six rounds in, a bit of a work-out and that's the main thing."

Gammer now hopes to fight again in September, with John McDermott the preferred opponent as that fight would double as a British title eliminator.

However, Kenna could also be rearranged once the Southampton-based Irishman recovers from the nose injury that saw his withdrawal from Sunday.

Gammer's bout was followed by the final fight of the afternoon between Hall and Phillips, with the Welsh rivals producing a brave and high quality 10 rounds.

Hall, based in Lougher, won the Celtic title in March against Stuart Green and started like a champion.

For two rounds Phillips had no answer to the speed and accuracy his opponent produced and the Port Talbot man was soon suffering bad swelling under his left eye.

But Hall suffered a cut to his left eye in the third and the sight seemed to spur Phillips on, the 26-year-old unloading with some thundering body shots before staggering Hall with an uppercut in the fifth.

The cleaner work was still coming from Hall, who was showing his class from range but was unable to avoid getting sucked inside.

Hall was still comfortably ahead on the scorecard as the fight entered round eight, with the pace and ferocity showing on both men.

But Phillips conjured a sweet short right into his opponent's midriff that saw Hall go down on his knees.

The 27-year-old survived that count but then needed the bell to intervene after he went down again under another flurry of blows.

Phillips tried to finish Hall off early in the ninth, but the holder fought back bravely to re-establish himself and had an exhausted Phillips rocking in the last.

But those two knockdowns proved costly as Phillips claimed the Celtic light welterweight crown by a 95-94 decision.

Elsewhere on the undercard, Aberystwyth light middleweight Philip Dowse claimed a four-round stoppage against Portsmouth southpaw Paul Morby.

Cardiff light heavyweight Wayne Brooks looked impressive with a points win over four three minute rounds against another Pompey fighter, Danny Couzens.

Pembroke lightweight Henry Jones suffered a disappointing fourth-round loss after being out-reached and out-thought by Sheffield's John Bagley, while Swansea bantamweight Ricky Owen was a late withdrawal.



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