Sam Webb holds onto his Lonsdale belt
Sam Webb successfully defended his British light middleweight title last night, with an 11th round knockout of Martin Concepcion at The Troxy club in London.
Webb shown his higher class with a solid display of discipline, technique, and stuck to his game plan all night, remaining focused in spite of Concepcion constant pressing style, building up an healthy points lead before finishing the challenge of Leicester puncher Concepcion, who found it hard to cope with Webb’s speed, before a big right hand ended his game challenge.
The 29-year-old champion Webb who is a plasterer by day, stunned Anthony Small back in March to claim the title, worked well behind a poking left jab and landed good sharp right-hands and Conception just couldn’t stamp his own authority on the fight, he was trying to ruffle Webb and draw him into a brawl, but the Chislehurst man stuck to his game plan to frustrate Conception.
Concepcion always comes to fight and tried in vain, sometimes throwing caution to the wind to get a foothold on the contest, but Webb continued to keep his man at arms’ length and was always in control with better work.
In the finishing round Conception caught Webb with a right of his own and wobbled him slightly, but the impressive champion shrugged it off to finish a fight that he had dominated in style, a crunching right hand from Webb had Conception all over has his legs turned to jelly, before falling flat on his back in the 11th round, the ref waved it off without a count to seal a commanding victory for Webb who holds onto his Lonsdale belt.
Speaking to Sky Sports 1 after the fight, Webb said: “I’ve got a point to prove to a few people. I know a few people don’t think I’m the best light-middleweight in the country and I don’t claim to be.
“I’m definitely up there with Ryan Rhodes, he’s the best in the division but I’m right on his heels.”
Jamie Arthur new Commonwealth champ
In the main supporting bout, 2002 Commonwealth games Gold medalist Jamie Arthur, claimed the vacant Commonwealth Super Bantam-weight title with a unanimous points decision against unbeaten southpaw Kris Hughes, despite having 2 point deductions against him for low blows and suffering a cut above the left eye.
The fight was far from a classic with a clash of styles making for a scrappy and untidy contest making it a hard fight to score. The judges did split them in the end and marked the contest 114-112, 114-112 and 114-113 in Arthur’s favour to end Scotsman Hughes’ 12-fight unbeaten record.
Undercard Results
David Price won ko 7 vs Roman Sukhaterin
Tony Hill won ko 1 vs Kevin Concepcion
Tom Dallas won ko 3 vs Paul Morris
Joe Hughes won points vs Jason Carr 60-54.
Damien Campbell Drawn with Colin Kenna over 4×3
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