Short of a fighter – who ye gonnae call in a flash???
LUKE WHO IT IS…
A potential gift for the headline writers in the boxing world, my latest unsung warrior was the man on the end of a phone when Ahmed Ibrahim fought at the MTK April event in Glasgow and they were of a man in the blue corner. Luke Fash, at very little notice climbed into the car, got himself ready to take him on and made the night happen with a full card so as not to disappoint the people who had come to see Ibrahim’s next fight.
Fash’s career like so many where he has clocked up a phenomenal number of contests in a short space of time may not, on paper, seem to be enviable, his experience is what people want when he is called to come in and fight. Fash has managed his 43 fights with 2 wins, 2 draws and 39 loses, 4 by way of stoppages. His next fight is already slated and will happen this weekend on the 19th May.
He faces Lewis Adams in Watford and whilst he will not have the fanfare of fighters with over 40 fights on their records, will not have a massive payday and will not wake up the following morning to headlines about whether or not he can make the grade in his next fight, he is just as necessary in the sport. Fash is an honest toiler who, hailing from the fighting city of Hull, makes a living from being a journeyman.
A hard and tough existence, he is ready to take to the ring whenever needed and as a super featherweight he can be much in demand within a division which has Martin Joseph Ward, Stephen Smith and Liam Walsh at its head.
Turning professional less than 3 years ago, Fash has become a name that I look out for because I had heard of his rivalry with Norwich’s Zaphain Morris and he had a tear up with Morris in some little known fights where he was able to showcase just what he can do.
The fights against Morris – there have been three of them – have been particularly notable as Morris won the first before Fash scored a draw 12 months later. It was a sore on Morris’s record that he had drawn and unusually he wanted a rematch.
Unusually you might expect in such an explosive and disrespectful, at times, sport, Morris was nothing more than respectful in seeking his revenge, showing the type of deference that real fighters show each other. Morris was and still is an undefeated fighter for whom his record meant a great deal. But it was to show Morris and the world around him not to underestimate fighters who have a less than stellar record. The final meeting was a 59-55 win for Morris, the scorecards showing that he did not have it all his own way.
For people in boxing, Fash’s ability is no surprise. Earlier in his career Fash had shown that he could box by sending Duane Winters to the floor in the third round on his way to a 38-37 slim points win that, at the time made his record a fairly respectable, 2-3-1.
Fash is known well in Scotland as he has been up north a few times sharing rings with Scott McCormack in the SSE Hydro, Glasgow in 2016 as well as Lewis Paulin, also in the SSE Hydro, and Monty Ogilvie in Paisley in 2017.
As with most career fighters, Fash provides promoters and fans with a litmus test for other fighters. He shows them their weaknesses and he shows them how to stay on their feet. He is invaluable to the sport and we salute him here and now.