Metcalf smashes way to British title shot.
Byline: ELLIOT FOSTER Sports Reporter
JAMES METCALF smashed his way to a shot at the British title with a brutally entertaining sixth-round stoppage victory over Leeds's Damon Jones.
The 29-year-old super-welterweight now looks set to come up against Ted Cheeseman, potentially on the undercard of Tony Bellew's heavyweight rematch against David Haye on December 17 at the O2 Arena in London, after his breakout performance at the First Direct Arena, exclusively live on BoxNation.
Metcalf, the son of former WBU world champion Shea Neary who had long wanted an opportunity to showcase his talent on the big stage, forced the fight early on, bullying Jones around the ring, as part of the undercard to Josh Warrington's IBF final eliminator victory in the featherweight division as he stopped Dennis Ceylan.
The aggressor, however, wasn't having the fight all his own way in the British title eliminator as he shipped a couple of sharp counters on the way in.
The pair exploded out of the blocks in the third round, but 'Kid Shamrock's' cleaner work began to take a toll on hometown man as he was floored twice and ended the round with a blooded nose.
In rounds four and five, the contest evened up as Jones continued to land some good counterpunches in the fourth and the fifth, the round which saw Metcalf deducted a point after several warnings for low blows.
The setback didn't affect Metcalf, though, and if anything, he used it as fuel to end the contest in the round that followed, placing a superb left hook to the body on his man, dropping him again and forcing referee Michael Alexander to stop proceedings after two minutes and 25 seconds of the sixth round.
Jones gave a very good account of himself during a fight that could have propelled him to a second shot at the Lonsdale belt, but will now be forced to rebuild if he wants to compete at that level.
Meanwhile, Sam Maxwell moved to 4-0 with a scintillating opening round stoppage over Gyula Tallosi, dropping him twice before a crippling body shot forced referee Mark Lyson to intervene with five seconds of the first round remaining. James Metcalf after his victory
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 23, 2017|
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