Danny Ball’s points win at The Venue, in Dudley took him to five straight victories in as many pro bouts.
The 21 year old Dudley born super welterweight is now surely on course for a title shot, maybe even later this year, although seeing off James Gorman’s challenge was not as clear cut and decisive as Ball would have perhaps liked.
From the outset it was clear that Ball was angling towards another KO win to add to his two previous stoppages, the first when he took out Martin Kabrhel in the first round at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill and the second when, two fights later at the Imperial Banqueting Suite in Bilston, he did the same to Warminster’s Paul Cummings – but Gorman clearly hadn’t read the script and proved to be both awkward and elusive.
The Belfast fighter regularly smothered Ball’s work and repeatedly got uncomfortably well inside or frustratingly out of range when he most needed to – and when Ball was looking to land his big shots.
Ball was fighting in his home town at a venue that he was familiar with from his semi-pro days and he was well supported by an eager home crowd. Grabbing the win was important and perhaps way more important than finding the early finish that he was looking for, especially when facing off against a fighter with no less than fifty bouts behind him and a proud record of very rarely being stopped.
In a sport that takes no prisoners, every win counts, no matter how they come about. Ball, with this deserved points win behind him can now focus on his preparation for his next bout knowing that his experience and know how is moving in the right direction – and this can only be to his benefit.