Pow in control despite Meikle spoiling tactics
Ricky Pow welcomed the opportunity to introduce himself to West Country fight fans – even if it was a frustrating experience.
Making his first appearance in England – his previous seven paid outings had been in Spain and Ireland – the Bristol-born light heavyweight out-pointed Scunthorpe's Jody Meikle comfortably enough over six one-sided rounds, but struggled to look good against an opponent who came to survive.
Referee Clarke Jolson scored it 60-54 in Pow's favour, but Meikle's showboating and holding tactics spoilt the contest as a spectacle.
"It was so frustrating because he did not come to fight," complained Pow after extending his unblemished professional record to eight wins.
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"He was a slippery customer and it was difficult to look good against him. But I suppose I will benefit from getting the rounds under my belt and fights like these are all part of the learning process."
Now boxing out of Chris Sanigar's Bristol Gym, Pow received vociferous vocal support and said: "It was good to finally box in this country and show people a little bit of what I can do.
"I just want opportunities and I don't really mind where or who I fight. But it did feel good being on home turf and I really do hope we have more shows like this in the future."
Bristol-based bantamweight Michael Ramabeletsa evened up his record, narrowly out-pointing Northampton's Ashley Lane to register his eighth win in his 16th contest.
A sparring partner for Lee Haskins in recent weeks, Ramabeletsa relished the opportunity to show off his skills, demonstrating impressive speed and footwork over six three-minute sessions.
Lane was clearly unhappy at the 58-57 verdict, but referee Jolson got it right.
Making his ring return after an absence of six years, Stockwood welterweight Michael Graydon was roared on by a partisan audience as he edged out Birmingham veteran Jason Nesbitt in an entertaining welterweight contest over four two-minute sessions.
Still a little ring rusty after just six months back in the gym, 24-year-old Graydon did enough to shade a 39-38 verdict and announce his comeback with a welcome success, his third in six fights.
Bridgwater light welterweight Dean Mills battled bravely against Lenny Daws, but was stopped in the seventh round.