Eye-eye - Lomax hit by old injury jinx

MICHAEL LOMAX returned to York Hall, Bethnal Green, where he collected the �25,000 winner s award in the Prizefighter welterweight competition last October, to record another convincing points victory on Friday night s Matchroom promotion. Southpaw Lomax,

MICHAEL LOMAX returned to York Hall, Bethnal Green, where he collected the �25,000 winner's award in the Prizefighter welterweight competition last October, to record another convincing points victory on Friday night's Matchroom promotion.

Southpaw Lomax, a former West Ham BC amateur, defeated French rival Yoann Camonin over eight rounds in his return to action, but was again victim to his old injury jinx.

The fighter, who claimed the prizefighter triumph despite a cut eye, once again finished a bloodied winner in his return to action.

He fought through the final rounds of the contest against his tough French opponent, bleeding from an injury above his eye.


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"It's another points win - and more stitches," said the winner, who admitted his biggest surprise came before the contest when his French rival towered above him.

The six-feet-tall Lomax usually has a height advantage over his welterweight rivals, but was shocked when he saw he was much shorter than his latest opponent.

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"He must have been six-feet-four-inches tall - I just could not believe how he made the weight," admitted Lomax.

However, Lomax had the skills to overcome his height disadvantage against an opponent currently rated in the top 10 in the French light-middleweight division.

His speedier attacks enabled him to beat his 27-year-old rival to the punch all through the clash and he finished with a clear points advantage, losing just a single round on the official scorecard at the end of the eight-round clash.

The local southpaw will allow his latest eye injury time to heal before returning to action and press his claims in a welterweight division, where he is currently placed sixth in the British rankings.

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