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Mullender out to make his mark

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 March 2015

Rainham's Joe Mullender celebrates with trainer Jamie Williams

Rainham's Joe Mullender celebrates with trainer Jamie Williams

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Middleweight ready to join British elite

Joe Mullender is looking to earn a place among Britain’s leading middleweights after Eduards Gerasimov’s first-round surrender at York Hall on Saturday.

Body-puncher Mullender’s left hook to the solar-plexus saw Latvian Gerasimov reel away in distress and the referee stepped in after only 1 min 25 secs to signal the Rainham-based boxer’s eighth win in nine fights

“I was shocked when he quit,” said Mullender, who sold over 300 tickets for the fight.

“Now I’d like tougher opponents and fights against some of the top middleweights in the country.”

Meanwhile, Lee Markham is pleading for a return chance after suffering a split points defeat against Leicester’s Jahmaine Smyle in an exciting battle for the vacant English super-middleweight belt.

“I thought I did enough to win, now I hope he will give me a rematch,” said Markham after one judge had him three points ahead, but the two other officials voted for Smyle by a single point.

The 10-rounder proved a thriller with both boxers shaken by solid shots, but hitting back boldly before the majority verdict gave Smyle the title and Markham his second defeat in 16 bouts.

n Romford cruiserweight Tony Conquest makes his first ring appearance since losing his Commonwealth title in April last year on the Goodwin Promotion at York Hall on Saturday.

Conquest decided to quit the sport six months ago, but resumes his career at the age of 30 with a six-rounder against Croatian rival Tomislav Rudan.

The third Goodwin show on successive Saturdays also features Taylor Jordan, the undefeated welterweight based at Romford’s Legends gym, plus Michael Lomax, Dominic Akinlade and Robert Lloyd Taylor.


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