Mullender looking for more title success after earning European belt with stoppage
PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 December 2017
Joe Mullender brought back a European belt to his Legends RM7 gym after success at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday and is looking for more titles in 2018.
Middleweight Mullender stopped Welsh campaign Lee Churcher in the 11th round of a hard battle and was quick to pay tribute to the work of Hornchurch trainer Jamie Williams.
He said: “I made hard work of that win. Jamie has played a big part in my succeess with all the hard graft at the gym.”
Mullender needed to be in top condition to come through against Churcher, taking solid shots before wearing down a willing rival to be crowned the new IBF European champion.
He managed to hand out more than he took as his hammering hooks floored the game Churcher half a dozen times.
The 37-year-old Welsh fighter had a badly gashed eye and had clearly taken enough when referee Steve Gray halted the fight after 50 seconds of the 11th round.
“I’m so proud of Joe. He’s my friend as well as my fighter and an inspiration to everyone at Legends,” said Williams who trains fighters alongside fitness classes at his May & Baker Sports Club-based gym.
“As winner of the European title I get a top-15 world rating and it opens the door for some big opportunities,” said Mullender, who could be in line for a British title fight against Tommy Langford, who is also guided by Frank Warren. “I’d still like a shot at the British title,” he said.
Hornchurch super-lightweight Sanjeev Sahota slammed his way to a 10th straight pro victory when clearly outpointing Slovakian Ivan Godor.
Trained by Lenny Butcher at the Five Star gym in Harold Hill, Sahota continued to show improvement with accurate jabbing to take every round on the official 60-54 scorecard.
But there was disappointment for teenage prospect Hamzah Sheeraz whose second pro fight was called off because of an 11pm curfew leaving the fighter and hundreds of his fans frustrated.
Collier Row super-welterweight Sam McNess was hit by the cancellation of a Queensberry Promotion set for the Brentwood Centre on Saturday, along with Johnny Coyle, Charlie Duffield, Lucien Reid and Charlie Driscoll.
McNess was looking to return with a win after a first pro defeat in July and said: “That’s 10 weeks hard work gone to waste.”