Boxing: Quaddus captures a British title

Tariq Quaddus won a British title.
Tariq Quaddus won a British title.
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Tariq Quaddus is the new British Bronze light-heavyweight champion.

The 24 year-old southpaw brought the belt back to Peterborough by outpointing Sam Couzens in Leicestershire.

He dropped the tough-as-old-boots Hampshire fighter in the second on the way to an eight-round points win in Whitwick.

Referee Gareth Morris scored the fight 80-72, meaning Quaddus won every round on his scorecard.

Morris must have come close to stopping the fight in the second round.

Quaddus unloaded a dozen or so unanswered punches that forced Couzens to take a knee for an ‘eight’ count.

On the resumption, Quaddus carried on hitting Couzens with hooks, uppercuts and every other punch in the book until the bell rang.

Couzens, perhaps thinking he had seen the best of Quaddus, answered the bell for the third fired up and looking to land his right hand.

Every now and then in the opening six rounds, he did connect with a right hand or a left hook.

But whenever Couzens did land, Quaddus replied with two-fisted salvos to seize back control of the fight and several times he was only a clean punch or two away from forcing the stoppage win.

He had Couzens on rubbery legs in the seventh and the final bell rang with Quaddus unloading another barrage.

Quaddus, who’s now had six straight wins since relaunching his ring career this year, said: “I’m surprised he lasted the distance.

“I hurt him a few times and when I dropped him in the second round I thought that was it.

“But he was really, really tough and the more I hit him, the more he wanted it.

“He was heavier than me and I think that helped him get through the fight.

“I showed I can do eight rounds at a really good pace and now we will see what’s out there in 2015.”

Chatteris prospect Jordan Gill could also have a big year ahead after extending his winning record to 12 fights.

Gill dominated Giorgi Kulumbegashvili and won all four rounds on the referee’s scorecard

The Georgian had won six of his 10 fights, but Gill soon punched any ambition out of him with fast jabs and flurries.

Gill went on to show his full, impressive repertoire of punches in a thoroughly one-sided fight.

He said afterwards: “He was very tough and I’m glad to get the rounds in.”