Team Humph conquered all on a memorable night of boxing at the weekend.
The newly-opened Mad-Dog Gym in Porthmadog won five out of five contests at the Battle of the Island event.
Cafan, Ben, Wayne and Dion Humphreys were all winners on the show in Llanbedr, Gwynedd, as was debutant Amy Jane Kerrigan, who trains and coaches at the same camp.
Cafan Humphreys and Wayne Humphreys successfully defended their British and Welsh heavyweight titles, while Ben pulled off a devastating victory in a British championship eliminator.
Cafan Humphreys KO1 Barry Fielding (UBA British heavyweight title)
A stunning performance from the 30-year-old Cafan as he stopped the experienced Fielding in under a minute.
Before the fight, the champion revealed he was suffering with a knee injury, so expected to be forced into a toe-to-toe war which would more suit Holyhead-based Fielding’s style.
However, Cafan came out all guns blazing in this scheduled six three-minute rounds contest, knocking his opponent, a past Welsh and British champion, over with a crunching left hook. Somehow, Fielding rose from the canvas, but Cafan’s follow-up attack meant the bout was over in no time.
“My knee was playing up but with the help of (local business) Lou Lou’s Massage, who helped relax the muscles around the knee, I was able to move and stick to the original game plan,” said Cafan. “I caught him with a left hook which dropped him. I don’t know how he got up from it, but he didn’t recover and I didn’t give him the chance as I didn’t want to go the 6 rounds with the ex British and Welsh champion.
“He (Fielding) is a very well-known boxer and not many people predicted the fight ending like that as he is known for being a tough guy.”
Cafan is next in action against Daniel Pritchard at the Ultimate Fight Night in Colwyn Bay on October 26.
The British champion was also full of praise for the way Dion Humphreys and Amy Kerrigan, whom he both trains, performed on Saturday.
“I am very proud of the way Dion and Amy fought. They took every bit of information we gave them and worked it brilliant. If Dion pulled his socks up and actually trained a bit and not go to the pub with Ben he would be a very dangerous fighter.
“It was a very good night and the best start our new club could have with all of us taking the win. I’d like to thank everyone who came to support us and thank Karl Thomas, who put on a brilliant show and was a brilliant cornerman.”
Wayne Humphreys KO2 Derwyn Brooks (UBA Welsh heavyweight title)
Champion Wayne had to pull himself up off the canvas before going on to claim the win over the dangerous Brooks from Wrexham.
Towards the end of the first round, Brooks caught the title-holder with a firm shot which brought about a knockdown.
Wayne saw out the session, then came out for the second firing on all cylinders, managing to damage his opponent’s eye to cause the stoppage.
After the bout, a still undefeated Wayne said: “I was quite disappointed with the way I fought on Saturday, I didn’t box as I should have. I got caught with a peach of a shot at the end of the first round that put me down. I got up to finish the round and went back to my corner. I came out second round with all guns blazing and managed to damage Derwyn’s eye; he was unable to continue.”
Wayne is in action again this Saturday when he competes for the ICB British heavyweight title in Derby.
Ben Humphreys KO1 Toby Mathews (British heavyweight title eliminator)
There was no stopping Ben advancing his record to 4 and 0 as cruel body shots did for opponent Matthews in the first round.
The 30-year-old Porthmadog battler flew out of his corner with an all-out attack, forcing his man to take a standing count from a mixture of head and body punches.
Soon after, more whirlwind blows from Ben made his opponent take a knee and the one-way contest was called off.
This was a good tune-up for Ben’s massive fight against Alan Blacks of Caernarfon this Saturday at the Rise of the Welsh Warriors show in Criccieth.
On the line will be Blacks’ WUMA heavyweight title (KB 5 x 2 min).
After Saturday’s win, Ben said: “I would have liked to get a few rounds in as I’m fighting Alan Blacks next week, but I was happy with my performance and would like to thank the sponsors that have helped us and the club.”
Amy Kerrigan W PTS Megan Roberts
Trained by her brother-in-law Cafan Humphreys, impressive debutant Amy won a deserved points verdict over late call-up opponent Megan Roberts.
Amy had been ready to launch her combat career a couple of times previously, but opponents had pulled out. The same thing happened again in the week before this show, but Megan stepped in to save the day.
It was a really good bout, Amy’s two-fisted flurries and speed catching the eye, but Megan was always in the contest, showing a good, tight defence and throwing plenty of her own leather.
Amy was delighted to have her hand raised at the end of three competitive rounds.
She said: “I am extremely pleased with my performance against Megan. She took everything I threw at her which proved how tough she is and rarely backed off from me.
“I listened to my cornerman Cafan’s instructions from start to finish which proved successful. The support I had in the venue was overwhelming. I am extremely grateful to everyone who came to support as well as my coaches and team who I really couldn’t have done it without, and of course Megan for stepping in the ring on short notice.
“I am very excited for my next bout and continue with my training. My next fight will be this upcoming Saturday against an opponent from London. I know little to nothing about my opponent so I am training and preparing for the best.”
Dion Humphreys W PTS James Jones
On his debut, Dion won fighter of the night for an outstanding performance against his opponent from the KK Boxing gym in Harlech.
Despite being outweighed, Dion produced the right tactics to win a close heavyweight bout.
It is hoped this latest member of the Humphreys clan to enter the ring will progress from here and fight for titles in the not too distant future.