Londoner Lenny Daws lost his challenge for the vacant EBU European super-lightweight title when he was outpointed by Swede Anthony Yigit at the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton on Saturday night.
Daws (30-5-2, 11 KOs) was well beaten by the Stockholm based fighter, which reflected in the wide scores on the judges cards, the officials had it 118-110, 118-110, 116-112 all in favour of the new champion via unanimous decision.
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It was 38-year-old Daws’ third attempt at claiming the EBU strap, but having not fought since his disqualification loss to Ruben Nieto in 2015, maybe inactivity didn’t help his cause. That is taking nothing away from the impressive Yigit, who performed very well to become the first Swedish boxer in 30-years to hold the title.
“It feels amazing to be European champion,” Yigit said. “It still feels a little bit surreal and difficult to put into words, but I’m very happy. Daws is a very experienced fighter. We knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I always felt like I was in control. I followed the game plan and everything we had worked on went well.
“I’m very happy with my performance, and I think I showed that I was a level above and that I’m ready for the big fights. Now, it’s all about moving forward. First I want to defend my title at home in Stockholm and then I want to start challenging for World titles.” said Digit after the fight.
For Daws the future is unclear at this stage.