Wakefield boxer Andy Townend retained his English super featherweight title with a seventh round stoppage win over Birmingham’s Lee Glover at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday night.
Townend was fighting on the biggest stage of his career as he appeared on the undercard to Leeds star Josh Warrington’s clash against Joel Brunker and in his first live televised contest.
Townend suffered a nasty cut above his right eye following a clash of heads just 60 seconds into the contest but the 26-year-old overcame the adversity to record a 14th win of his professional career.
Townend wobbled Glover with a clubbing right hand in the fourth round and then knocked his Birmingham opponent down with a terrific upper cut.
Although Glover survived, Townend piled on the pressure in the fifth and at one stage had Glover pinned on the ropes as the title holder took control.
Townend moved through the gears to again trouble Glover before a sickening body shot sent the Birmingham man crashing to the canvass and he was unable to beat the count as the fight was stopped after one minute 51 seconds.
Townend’s cut eye required stitches, while he also damaged his right hand during the fight but he was brimming with pride at retaining his English super featherweight crown on such a big stage.
Top of the bill saw Leeds star Josh Warrington record a overwhelming 120-108 points victory over Australian Joel Brunker as he retained his WBC international and Commonwealth featherweight titles, while moving a step closer to a world title shot.
Full report and reaction in Friday’s Wakefield Express.