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Collier Row boxer McNess falls short in title bid

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 July 2017

Sam McNess goes on the attack (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Sam McNess goes on the attack (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

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There were no excuses from Collier Row super-welterweight Sam McNess who lost his Southern Area title bid against Asinia Byfield at Stratford’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday.

After seven straight wins, the bright 25-year-old prospect was favourite to step up to title status, but he never really got going against the more experienced champion.

Byfield, from Reading, won on a fifth-round stoppage and McNess admitted the occasion got the better of him.

“The occasion got to me massively,” he said.

“The more experienced man won on the night, good luck to him.

“But I and many people know I am better than that, I will have a rest and then I’ll make plans.”

As lacklustre McNess failed to show his usual fire, the taller Byfield’s accurate long-range shots saw the champion dominate the exchanges.

McNess made an attempt to battle back but was clearly shaken as his rival poured on the punches in the fifth round when trainer Mark Tibbs tossed in the towel from the challenger’s corner.

Trouble erupted after the stoppage as rival fans clashed and Tibbs, among others, made appeals from the ring before the situation returned to normal.

However earlier in the day there was success for Hornchurch super-welterweight Sanjeev Sahota who recorded his eighth straight victory on the Frank Warren promotion.

Sahota landed the scoring shots against Croatian opponent Luka Leskovic, firing accurate jabs as he won all four rounds on the official scorecard.

“It was good to get another win - and I should be back on the Copper Box show in September,” said the 25-year-old.

Romford cruiserweight Mark Little was delighted to make it five wins in a row when stopping experienced Sheffield rival Darren Snow in two rounds at York Hall on Saturday.

He took early control of the clash, landing solid shots before a powerful right to the body sent the Yorkshire fighter to the floor in the second round.

Snow climbed upright but Little followed up with more solid shot and the referee signalled the end as the Romford fighter recorded his second York Hall win of 2017 - both coming in the second round.

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