14 May 2011 – Steve Wellings
Two Belfast boxers recorded wins on Graham Earls latest London bill, in the York Hall on Saturday May 7. Sandy Row slugger Joe Hillerby outpointed Bheki Moyo at middleweight and Gleann prospect Mark Ginley repeated the trick, over Dan Carr in a lightweight affair. To say that both opponents came in at late notice would be an understatement. Moyo, a South African now boxing out of Earls Court, took the fight with just ninety minutes notice, after the original opponent Matt Scriven failed to show.
Help was at hand in the form of London manager Mickey Helliet who called upon his extensive stable of fighters to get Moyo in the opposite corner. Bheki was reportedly in the pub when he received the phone call and was well paid for stepping in at the eleventh hour. Hillerby came close to stopping his man at times but in the end secured scored a lopsided 40-36 points victory. The 23-year-old improved his record to 3-0 (1 KO) and was pleased with a solid nights work.
I boxed well and could have got the stoppage but getting rounds under my belt is what I need at this stage, said Joe. He stepped in at really short notice as my original opponent Matt Scriven didnt show, so I just boxed and keep him on the jab, getting the rounds in just as Graham [Earl] instructed. I worked on getting my head moving and I won every round comfortably. I was glad to be in the ring again and cannot wait until the next one.
Mark Ginley, meanwhile, recorded a 40-37 victory over Trowbridge survivor Dirty Dan Carr. Belfast fight fans may remember (or wish to forget) Carrs visit to the Holiday Inn last year when he clutched and grabbed his way to a points loss against Paddy McGarrity. Carr reemployed those tactics against Ginley and was again found wanting, as the 22-year-old prospect used his jab and variety of skills to score a victory on his professional debut.
It was great getting the win and thats the first one out of the way, buzzed Mark post-fight. I thought I boxed well and he was full of dirty tricks! The opponent was actually changed at 4.30 on Saturday because I was originally scheduled to box Sid Razak. My jab was working well even though I don’t think that I performed to the best of my ability. I got a bit sloppy in the third round [Ginley shipped a flush right hand] but when I got my boxing together he had no answers, except to push, grab and throw the head in. I feel great and can’t wait to get the date for the next fight. Boxing in the York Hall was brilliant.
Both men were due to appear on Graham Earls Fists of Fury bill in the Kings Hall at the end of March, but the show was postponed. The Irish-based fighters signed with Earl may have to tread the boards on his London shows instead for the time being before another homecoming is arranged.