Referee Ian John-Lewis has urged more boxing promoters to bring big fighters to Kent after last week’s Medway Park show featuring local heavyweight prospect Tom Dallas (14-0-0).
Dallas was up against Gabor Farkas (5-14-5), a Hungarian with a less than impressive record, and, unsurprisingly, knocked him out towards the end of the third of a scheduled six rounder. The card, which was promoted by Dallas's manager Mark Roe, also featured Ramsgate's Scott Woolford (12-7) in a points win over the Isle of Wight Assassin Jay Morris (13-18-2) and various novice v journeyman matchups with fighters supplied in the main by omnipresent manager and international matchmaker Mickey Helliet.
John-Lewis, 49, told Kent News: "It was absolutely fantastic and it brought back a lot of memories. When I used to box, a lot of people used to come here so I can’t understand why these promoters are not promoting down here." He continued: "I’m pretty confident Dallas can go on to compete for the British title and Medway’s a really good boxing fanbase. If they start advertising it a bit better, there’s definitely a boxing crowd in Medway without a doubt. I boxed here four or five times and it was pretty successful."
Ian John-Lewis's plea appears to have been answered by Frank Maloney, who promotes Dallas and hails from Kent himself. Maloney hopes to get the green light from Sky to stage a Friday Night card at the Medway Centre on May 13, when British light-middleweight champion Sam Webb (17-1) from Chislehurst is scheduled to defend his strap against Lancashire's former Prizefighter winner Prince Arron (20-3-1).
Maloney told Medway Messenger: "“Sam Webb will bring a lot of fans and there would be a 1,500 plus attendance for that one. Gillingham is a sleeping giant for sport. The football team is hit-and-miss but in Tom Dallas the boxer they have someone who could become a national hero on their doorstep."
John-Lewis, who was born in Gillingham, was involved in a highly controversial scoring decision at Wednesday's super-middleweight Prizefighter. John-Lewis scored the Ainscough v Wayne Reed quarter final bout at 28-30 for Ainscough - a seemingly impossible score, as Ainscough was dropped in the final round. This caused outrage from Reed's Trainer Glyn Rhodes, who told BoxRec News: "We've just been mugged for four grand. I mean, we've all had bad decisions but this is something else. It's incompetence. If you or anybody else made a mistake like that, you'd get sacked. But what happens here?" - Click here for the full story.