KINGSWINFORD prospect Danny Ball saw his Midlands title challenge end in stalemate after an intriguing battle against Birmingham’s Kaisee Benjamin.

The duo fought out a 95-95 draw at Aston Villa’s Holte Suite as they topped the bill on Tommy Owens Promotions' 'Night of Champions' show.

Benjamin settled quicker into the clash – his first defence of the area welterweight crown – but it was challenger Ball that ended the brighter as the contest finished all square.

Benjamin had the better of a cagey opening two rounds as his neat work behind the jab and fast footwork kept Ball at bay.

Ball had more joy in the third as his left hooks began to find their range and he was able to walk the Brummie down.

It was the fourth round when the contest really burst to life. Both men exchanged good shots early on and were soon trading blows as they worked in close quarters.

Ball came on strong as the contest drew on and it was the challenger that started to land the heavier shots, particularly a shuddering right in the seventh.

However, Benjamin always answered with good shots of his own and was able to manoeuvre his way out of danger when the pressure was on.

A barnstorming final round from Ball saw the Kingswinford man finish on the front foot as the battle went to the scorecards.

The draw sees Benjamin retain his crown and leaves Ball keen for rematch.

The 22-year-old said: “I feel like I did enough going into the later rounds and then pushed it on in the later rounds.

“My fitness, strength, it was all still there. I feel like I did enough.

“I feel like every time I was engaging I was the one who was coming out stronger and was hurting him.

“I feel I’ve learned loads. I want the rematch now. I’ll spend some time with my little girl now and then get back in there. It won’t go 10 rounds next time.”

Meanwhile, Dudley lightweight Les Byfield had to settle for a 38-38 draw against Uzzy Ahmed after four even rounds.

Ahmed was neat early in the contest before Byfield came on strong late on without doing enough to snatch the win.

The card also featured wins for Leo D’Erlanger, Shaun Duffy, Ismail Manning, Shaun Cooper and an impressive stoppage display from Shakan Pitters.