Lyell fights well but denied a result in Germany as Britsch gets decision

22 Oct

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Billy Lyell was brought over from American to act as an ‘opponent’, yet he leaves Germany having given undefeated prospect Dominik Britsch a good going over at the Arena in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg on Saturday, October 22. Lyell’s work-rate was a stark contrast to Britsch’s passiveness who only boxed in spurts, however, the American did enough to gain at least a draw, but was handed a majority decision loss.

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Kirsch’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Britsch 9 9
10 9 9 10 9 9 10 10
10 10
10 10 9 10 10
9 10 10 9 9 9 9

Judges verdict: 114-114, 117-111, 116-113; majority decision in favour of Lyell.

A training partner of Kelly Pavlik and something of a middleweight gatekeeper, Billy Lyell was brought over to Germany in order to provide prospect Dominik Britsch with a sturdy 160lb test. Indeed, the American was certainly making Britsch work by posing him problems as early as the first round due to his punch activity alone. Britsch moved clockwise around Lyell and only sparingly would he let his fists go. As soon as he attempted to shoot let alone land a punch, the crowd would whoop and holler.

Very much a come forward prizefighter, Lyell never stopped taking a forward step. Britsch’s best moments in the second stanza arrived when he attacked the body. Famed for his technical skills and not his heavy hands, Britsch was not out-boxing the challenger and it was actually Lyell who could make a claim to be more slick than Britsch’s Brylcreem’d hair-style.

It was only in the third round when Britsch began producing the more eye-catching work and the crisper punching. Lyell, though, will have been given confidence by the fact that his work-rate was reddening and marking the face of Britsch and causing mild swelling under his left eye, also. Britsch, despite his reputation, was far too tentative and one-paced and only really got the crowd excited when he put together a flurry.

Britsch kept himself protected well, blocking the majority of Lyell’s shots with his gloves and/or forearms, yet there were periods of around ten to 15 punches were Britsch would not throw anything back. The German only sparked into life in the second minute when he threw a hard flurry, but Lyell was the one who was making the fight. When Britsch put together his combination shots he looked a different class but he never, not once, sustained the pressure. He’d flurry and back off.

The sixth was a more even round. Britsch had initially struggled to keep Lyell away from him but he began exercising a useful jab which perturbed the 27-year-old from stepping too close. Britsch finished the round by striking Billy with some good body blows.

Despite his superior work in the sixth, Britsch relinquished the momentum back to Lyell in the seventh as the Youngstown fighter had the greater work-rate, landed the cleaner shots, produced a good jab and showed a good shot selection.

Britsch was forced onto the back-foot in both rounds eight and nine and, whilst Britsch did have a tight defence where he would parry an abundance of punches off of his forearms, the fact that his hair was disheveled and face was bruising showed that he was not shielding all of Lyell’s shots. While it was Lyell who threw the more shots, when Britsch did actually engage he did seem to have the heavier punch.

Lyell showed a good right hand, left hook combo in the tenth but Britsch, perhaps benefiting from corner instruction, upped his output and backed his technically sharp flurrying work up with sustained attacks. A bit of a barnburner emerged in the 11th round as both fighters traded with the other. Lyell looked good as he went after the body when Britsch’s shield was predominantly protecting his face. Birtsch, meanwhile, persisted with accurate one-twos in a competitive round.

Bleeding from the nose in the final round, Lyell needed a strong finish in a bout where Britsch had come on strong in the latter half of the contest. Britsch pounded the midsection well with 90 seconds remaining but Lyell sent countering left hands onto Britsch’s jaw from wide angles.

Britsch received the majority decision edge in a competitive bout. The ringside judges obviously slanting toward the hometown favourite who showed his class in moments only. With the victory, Britsch retained his IBF Intercontinental middleweight strap and extended his unbeaten record to 26-0-0, 9ko while Lyell moved to 24-10-0, 5ko.

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2 Responses to “Lyell fights well but denied a result in Germany as Britsch gets decision”

  1. David Green October 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    I watched the fight and thought Dominic did enough to win. Good fight but didn’t think it was controversial. Credit to Lyell he is a good determined tough fighter and his work rate was good. Britsch landed a lot of clean shots. Close enough fight but thought Britsch edged it

  2. German decision October 23, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Britsch should be renamed bitch because hes a punk ass

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