Boxing: Wakefield boxer Townend upwraps Wager to seal title triumph as perfect birthday present

PACKING A PUNCH: Andy Townend in action against Ben Wager. Picture: Trevor Price.
PACKING A PUNCH: Andy Townend in action against Ben Wager. Picture: Trevor Price.

Wakefield boxer Andy Townend celebrated his 24th birthday by winning the British Masters lightweight title in Doncaster last Friday.

Townend retired Barnsley opponent Ben Wager before the ninth round at the Doncaster Dome to clinch his first title since turning professional.

It was the first time the former Kettlethorpe High School pupil had fought over ten rounds and victory saw him bounce back from a disappointing first defeat last time out.

Townend was keen to avoid that feeling again and he did just that by coming through a thrilling contest against an opponent he last faced, and beat, as an amateur.

“I felt comfortable out there,” he said.

“He [Wager] came out really tough in the first four rounds and was really going for it but I finished stronger.

“I boxed just as we’d planned to in training so it all went really well.

“We prepared for ten rounds, and although we only went eight but it went as I’d hoped.”

Wager, who knows Townend well, started strong but the former White Rose Boxing Club product turned things around from the fifth round onwards and, after the eighth round, Wager did not come back into the ring.

The Wakefield big-hitter will now take a well-deserved holiday before returning to his Empress Ballroom gym in Mexborough, Doncaster, to prepare for his next bout.

Trainer Stefy Bull has pencilled his fighter in for his next fight on Saturday, July 6, with an opponent and distance yet to be confirmed.