Lee Haskins the British and Commonwealth super-flyweight champion made a winning return to the ring on Saturday night to stop Yordan Vasilev at 1:31 of the fourth round at the Olympiad Leisure Centre in Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Headlining Keith Mayo’s latest promotion, Bristol man Haskin’s had been hoping for a shot at the European Flyweight title against Italian Andrea Sarritzu, but with that fight falling through again for the fourth time Haskins used this fight to help stem his frustration until further developments occur for his EBU challenge.
Bulgarian Vasilev (5-16, 3KO’s) who we have seen in the UK a few times over the last couple of years, was never going to be much of a threat to the stylish Haskins (21-2, 11KO’s) and was cannon fodder in reality, but the British champion used the fight to oil the joints and shed some ring rust.
Haskin’s, last fight was in December 2009 and looked like he wanted to get some rounds under his belt and almost carried Vasilev into the 4th of this 6 rounder before finishing him off.
Haskins 27, picked his punches well and probably could have taken the serial loser out sooner, when a right hand and left hook dropped Vasilev in the second. The visitor was hurt again in the third and Haskins was looking happy to be back and doing what he knows best.
Showing the twists and turns and throwing shots from acute angles has he always has Haskins (21-2, 11KO’s) decided enough was enough and unleashed a solid combination floored his man. Vasilev got up and took the eight count. But another quick left hook was enough for the referee to step in and stop the fight.
|Nick “Bang Bang” Blackwell|
Undercard results from Olympiad Leisure Centre.
English middleweight champion Nick “Bang Bang” Blackwell from Trowbridge stopped Riga’s Andrejs Loginovs in the fourth of a scheduled six.
Blackwell, just 20 years old, made light work of his Latvian opponent and boxed well switching from head to body with good combinations. Loginovs was wincing from the punches downstairs and keeled over at the start of the finishing round from two sickening right hands to the body.
Loginovs beat the count, but Blackwell delivered a left hook to the gut again and the referee jumped in to stop the contest. Blackwell looks like a good prospect to keep an eye on, he boxes well is fast and has a good range of punches in his arsenal. His next fight will be the first defence of his English title he won last year against Harry Matthews, against Matt Hainy on May 28th in Derby.
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