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Wolverhampton gained its first-ever boxing world champion on Friday night as Lyndsey Scragg survived a late scare to claim the women’s Global Boxing Council super-featherweight title in front of a partisan hometown crowd at the Civic Hall. Dave Woodhall reports.

Lyndsey, who had failed in her previous attempt to gain a world title when losing on points in a challenge for the WBC version of the title in Canada last year, was well on top throughout her ten round contest with Paignton’s inexperienced Kristine Shergold.

In a contest where the tempo rarely slipped below frantic, Scragg showed tremendous stamina to endure that she would be leaving the area with the belt. However, there were anxious moments towards the end of the fight, as a clash of heads left Lyndsey was a swelling over here left eye at the end of the ninth round.

This opened into a dangerous cut almost immediately as the action recommenced and referee Terry O’Connor twice checked the damage but ruled that Lyndsey was capable of lasting out the remainder of the fight.

Had the cut occurred earlier there could have been a different conclusion, but with so little time remaining Lynsdsey was able to keep away from further trouble and her arm was raised at the end of the round as champion with a professional record now standing at 9-1. The final scoreline of 96-94 seemed unduly generous to Shergold, who had shown determination but little else, although Lyndsey was unconcerned by the narrow two round margin of victory.

Wolverhampton’s Dean Harrison made a winning return to the ring after failing in his bid to become British light-welterweight champion back inMarch. The popular Harrison won a six round contest against Ali Wyatt of Torquay, taking the verdict by 60-55 and later revealed that he had been suffering from a thyroid problem which has hampered his training. Harrison’s record now reads 15 wins and 2 defeats.

The first fight of a good-value card put together by local promoters First Team saw Walsall middleweight Bobby Wood in impressive form, twice dropping veteran Ernie Smith of Stourport en route to a 40-32 points victory, his second pro win from two contests.

Ben Wilkes of Essington, who lost a reported five stone prior to making his professional debut here in February, dropped down further to super-middleweight and recorded the third and most impressive win of his career, knocking out Davey Jones of Scunthorpe at the end of round five. Wilkes, who had been well on top throughout, dropped Jones with a left to the body and the Scunthorpe man was unable to beat the count.

Tipton middleweight Rob Doody continued the promising start to his career when comprehensively outpointing veteran Brummie Karl Taylor, competing in his 148th contest. Doody took all the six rounds in his second win since turning pro.

Light-welterweight Chris Lewis extended his record to seven out of seven when outpointing fellow Wulfrunian Karl Allen, who was having his 105th fight .

Brummie heavyweight Neil Perkins had an earlier than expected victory over Coventry’s Jason Callum, the unluckiest fighter of the night.

Callum was dropped in the second, although a shove seemed to have been the likely cause and a clash of heads after 15 seconds of the third round led to a lengthy vertical cut on the Coventry fighter’s forehead which made a stoppage inevitable and gave Perkins his fourth paid victory from four fights.


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