Boxing: Classic success for Sahota

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 March 2018

Sanjeev Sahota hits out (pic Natalie Mayhew Butterfly Boxing)

Sanjeev Sahota hits out (pic Natalie Mayhew Butterfly Boxing)


Hornchurch’s Sanjeev Sahota celebrated his 11th straight victory at York Hall, proudly wearing the British Classic light-welterweight championship belt.

Sanjeev Sahota celebrates his latest win (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)Sanjeev Sahota celebrates his latest win (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Sahota’s narrow points win over Bimingham rival Kane Baker brought him the award alongside a terrific ovation from his enthusiastic supporting squad.

However the 26-year-old pro, who is trained by Lenny Butcher at Harold Hill’s Five Star gym, was the first to admit the bout had ranked among the toughest of his career.

“It really was a true grit fight,” he admitted.

“I was proud to come through as the new holder of the challenge belt and a big ‘thank you’ must go to my support team and my fans.”

The points were in the balance as the pair battled toe-to-toe throughout the hard fought exchanges.

The pressure punching of the Hornchurch fighter forced his rival on to the back foot, but the gallant Midlander fought back, landing his own solid hooks.

It could hardly have been closer with the referee scoring just a point between the pair after a determined finish from Sahota swayed a 77-76 verdict his way.

However, for another local super-lightweight – Romford’s Mike Sakyi – there was an easier win the following night when he slammed out a second-round win at Brentwood.

Sakyi claimed his fifth win in six bouts when shaking Hungarian journeyman Gyula Tallosi with solid attacks in the opening round.

More powerful punches staggered the Hungarian who was rescued by referee Chas Coakley after one minute 55 seconds of the second roound.

However for Brentwood middleweight Richie Gray there was a first pro defeat after six straight victories as he dropped a close decision against Birmingham rival Dwain Grant in their six-round encounter.

Gray looked set for success when flooring his rival early in the contest, but Grant rallied to take a 58-56 points verdict from the referee, a decision that brought a mixed reception from the ringside fans.


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