Le Poullain triumphs as clash is cut short

BILL met Ben on a night of ‘February Fury’ but the only anger on view from the bill-topping bout at Beau Sejour came from sections of the big Saturday night audience.

Billy Le Poullain has his arm raised in victory against Ben Vaughan on Saturday night at Beau Sejour. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 23964766)
Billy Le Poullain has his arm raised in victory against Ben Vaughan on Saturday night at Beau Sejour. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 23964766)

The ‘Flowerpot Men’ welterweight encounter featuring Billy Le Poullain was just coming to the boil when, deep into the second round, the impressive Vaughan began seeping blood from a cut on his right eyebrow.

Referee George Jennings stepped in for a closer look and the show medical officer, Dr Clare Betteridge, ruled it was too severe to continue.

The decision riled many but it was the right one and it saved Le Poullain from a likely loss.

Amalgamated head coach Ben Duff had said beforehand that Vaughan, an England international, was a class act and the southpaw was quick to show it.

The second round saw him clearly dominate and catch Le Poullain with plenty eye-catching shots so, naturally, he was bitterly disappointed to be stopped in his tracks.

Other highlights from a 21-bout show watched by more than 500 noisy punters, were tight wins for Casey de la Mare, Chris Sumner, Mason Smale and Jimmy Lesbirel, but defeats for all three of the local heavyweights.

Tomasz Kot was knocked clean out in the final round of his heavyweight bout and was checked over by Dr Betteridge in the ring.

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