Boxing: Big stage beckons for Townend after English title win

Andy Townend sends Femi Fehitola crashing to the canvas. Pic: Lesley Pickersgill
Andy Townend sends Femi Fehitola crashing to the canvas. Pic: Lesley Pickersgill
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Wakefield boxer Andy Townend is eyeing a shot at the British and Commonwealth belts after winning the English super-featherweight title.

The 26 year-old out-classed Bradford’s Femi Fehintola at the Doncaster Dome to claim the vacant English crown in a fight that was also passed as a final eliminator for the Commonwealth title.

Central Area champion Townend stopped his more experienced opponent in the closing stages of round four to complete a dominant display, inspired by his daughter’s first birthday.

Townend said: “I am over the moon. I was in control from the first bell. I got the basics right and got behind the jab.”

He added: “He [Fehintola] had been telling me that he was ‘levels above me’ at the weigh-in but I stayed patient and he never really hurt me.”

The win now puts Townend in line for a shot at British and Commonwealth champion Liam Walsh and the arrival of daughter Poppy, who celebrated her first birthday last week, also inspired Townend.

He said: “She was born a year ago when I won the Central Area title and her first birthday came the same week as me winning the English belt.

“I almost packed it [boxing] in 18 months ago but my little girl has inspired me.”

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