Darren McDermott pulled off a shock win when he beat Midland Area middleweight titleholder Andy Halder at a packed Dudley Town Hall last night.
'The Black Country Bodysnatcher' hammered Halder (11st 6lb and known as 'The Technican') into submission. He retired after the fifth round with a suspected broken hand sustained in the second round, having lost every round to McDermott (11st 5lb).
Dudley- born McDermott's non-stop, whirlwind, performance of pure aggression left Halder hanging on. His greater reach told and Halder, despite his fightback, sagged to his knees after a powerful right hook and rocked against the ropes. McDermott, arms thrust aloft, had the Midland Area belt strapped around his waist.
Kyle Taylor (10st 1lb), son of boxing veteran Karl, racked up a second successive win as a professional in outpointing Birmingham's David Hinds over six rounds. The 18-year- old light-welterweight prospect from Nobby Nobbs' camp looked impressive as he beat the more experienced Hinds over six rounds 60-55.
Darlaston's Stuart Elwell (11st 3lb) kept his perfect record with a comfortable points win over Stourport's 'Gypsy Boy' Ernie Smith (11st 6lb).
Southpaw Elwell also won 60- 55 but lightmiddleweight Smith was judged best supporting boxer of the year by the Midland Area Council.
Darren Gethin, of Walsall (10st 3lb), survived a bloodied nose to stop Northampton's John Paul Ryan ( 10st 4lb) after 23secs of the scheduled four rounds.
A quick leftright left Ryan on the seat of his pants and, after a standing count of eight, referee Shaun Messer halted proceedings.
* Former world champion Terry Marsh has earned a Celebrity Tribute Dinner at the Copthorne Hotel, Merry Hill, next month. The former IBF lightwelterweight champion was cleared of shooting his manager in the 1980s.
Tickets to hear Marsh speak, supported by comedian Jack Daniels and Radio WM sports presenter Tony Butler, are available from Ron or Steve Gray on (01543) 502049 at £40 per person.