Aylesbury’s Lloyd Smith travelled to Oxford to challenge Bletchley’s James Blake for the ABA Home Counties title and came away victorious.
It was a big fight for Smith who had been inactive for a year due to injury and his opponent had rattled off three wins in as many months.
Smith started slow and clearly lost the first round, as the months of inactivity affected his timing. He had little success in countering his taller opponent.
The second round started off much the same as the first but midway through Smith stiffened his opponent with a sickening right uppercut-left hook combination.
Spurred on by his success the Aylesbury boxer punished his opponent across the ropes and in the corners. It was all level pegging as the fighters retired at the end of the second.
After a pep talk from his Aylesbury coaches Smith was raring to go.
Smith let his frustrations get the better of him as he admonished his opponent’s excessive holding by hitting on the back of the head. The referee was quick to deduct a point and Smith was now looking for a knockout to win.
After another brutal right hook the Bletchley fighter held again, this time the referee deducted a point for excessive holding from the Bletchley corner.
The bout descended into a brawl for the last 30 seconds with neither man taking a backwards step. The better work was always coming from Smith who was able to get inside his opponent’s jab.
The judges unanimously agreed that the Aylesbury pugilist had landed the cleaner punches and was crowned the Home Counties Champion.
Aylesbury Boxing Club treasurer Janet Doman said: “We are extremely proud of Lloyd, he has had a difficult year with injury but he is back with a bang.”
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