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Ian Baily stops Lewis Pettitt in 9 to Win Southern Area Featherweight title
Baily, 28, from Slough had a sketchy record on paper coming in, with 11 losses in 18 fights, and most expected the 8-0 Erith man to extend his run of wins. It seems though that Pettitt had under estimated Baily’s will and desire to win and when you take a look at Baily’s record you realise alot of his losses in his 4 year career have come against decent enough fighters.
Often taking fights at short notice, he has been in with names like Carl Frampton, Kid Galahad, Rhys Roberts, Josh Warrington, Ryan Walsh, Michael Walsh, Kris Hughes, among others, he also took British and commonwealth champion Lee Selby the distance in 2009, so he has pedigree and this was his chance to shine and he took it.
Baily had lost his last 4 coming into this fight, but that didn’t count for nothing in the end and he came into this one with a winners mentality.
Pettitt started the fight as expected and was boxing well showing his good boxing skills to outwork Baily for the first few rounds. But Baily was always coming and making Pettitt work. Baily’s gradual pressure, durability and willingness to work with Pettitt was starting to have an effect. Baily kept coming and Pettitt was starting to feel the pace, he was now in uncharted territory having never gone more than 6 rounds and Baily’s body shots were starting to hurt Pettitt.
As Pettitt wained, Baily grew stronger and could taste victory and in the 9th he unleashed a combination of hooks and uppercuts that had Pettitt on the brink of going over. In trouble and with his senses betraying him, Baily went for the stoppage.
Cruiserweight belt on Friday night (September 7) when Ian Tims failed
to come out for the start of the 8th round in the schedule 10 round top
of the bill at the York Hall Bethnall Green. read more plus undercard results here..