Title defeat for battling Grant

THERE were mixed fortunes for the Newham hopes on the Matchroom bill at York Hall on Friday, when TKO Gym light-welterweight Michael Grant lost his English title clash with Liverpool s Steve Williams, but Paul Bowen and Freddie Turner both earned points w

THERE were mixed fortunes for the Newham hopes on the Matchroom bill at York Hall on Friday, when TKO Gym light-welterweight Michael Grant lost his English title clash with Liverpool's Steve Williams, but Paul Bowen and Freddie Turner both earned points wins.

Williams made it nine straight wins as he captured the vacant title with a unanimous points win over brave Grant.

Grant, boxing just two months after suffering his first defeat, battled on despite damage around his eyes, but Williams had too much power and determination and took the verdict and the title.

West Ham super-middleweight Bowen, with a 16-fight career spanning 14 years, made a winning return against Doncaster's James Tucker.


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Boxing for the first time in nearly five years, Bowen showed signs of ring rust but landed enough solid shots to earn the 39-38 points points win that takes his stop-start career to 14 wins with one defeat and a draw.

The show provided a winning debut for former amateur favourite Luke 'Freddy' Turner, who defeated 100-fight veteran Jason Nesbitt.

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Turner, who appeared for several local clubs including West Ham and Peacock BC during his successful amateur campaign, threw plenty of punches as he won every round of the clash.

His one-sided debut win pleased his new manager Dean Powell and the fans who were on parade at York Hall proudly wearing their 'Freddy's gonna get ya' T-shirts.

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