Yorkshire belt for brilliant Boyes

Darren Boyes
Darren Boyes

Friday the 13th certainly wasn’t unlucky for Bridlington’s Darren Boyes as he won the Yorkshire ABA Middleweight belt in front of his home crowd at the Spa.

Boyes took the title when his opponent Cameron Kaihau from Mexborough had to retire through injury at the end of the second round.

After a steady opening 30 seconds to the bout, Boyes began to open up more and Kaihau found himself pinned back for much of round one.

He responded well at the start of the second round, landing a good left hand, but Boyes was quick to put Kaihau back where he wanted him.

Although it was not a foregone conclusion at the end of round two, Boyes was well ahead when the doctor was called to the South Yorkshire man’s corner.

Clearly in pain from an injury to his left arm, Kaihau was unable to continue and Belt was awarded the win by technical knock-out.

The fight had been scheduled to be the last contest of the 12-bout programme at the Spa, but the running order was changed at the last minute.

Officials agreed to a request from the Mexborough club to bring forward the bout, but the change did not disrupt Boyes, who was Yorkshire Junior ABA champion in 2010.