Shut out not stoppage -Matthew Tinker outclasses former UFC fighter Silva

Matthew Tinker ensured his fans still have a lot to be thankful for, as he continued his unbeaten start to pro life on Boston Boxing’s Thanksgiving Eve card in the early hours of this morning.

The former National Elite finalist navigated a sizable step up with relative ease to make it five from five since turning over 12 months ago.

Tinker didn’t manage to get the stoppage this time out and was taken the distance for the first time at the  Castleton Banquet and Conference Center in Windham, New Hampshire.

Opponent former UFC fighter Leandro Silva proved extremely durable and had spells in the fight, but was ultimately white washed by the technically superior former St Francis amateur.

Tinker won the fight 60-54 on all three judges scorecards.

The Scarborough born New York based former Joe Ward amateur rival started well and in the opening few rounds used feints, footwork and skills to push the veteran of 30 MMA fights on the back foot.

Silva’s combat experience was obvious, but he was being taught some boxing lessons by the active light heavy.

As the fight progressed, Tinker did look to get his opponent out of there, but credit to the Brazilian he showed real resilience to last the six and make the final bell.

The points win see’s Tinker improve to 5-0 while Silva slips to 2-4-0.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com