12th November 2011
Vassell 27, won 117-112, 116-112, 116-112 but he was made to work hard for the win throughout the fight and he was warned three times for low blows and had a point deducted for it in round three.
In the end Vassell’s pace and energy was enough to hurt and slow down his tough opponent to retain his belt. Vassell’s body punching was a significent factor in his work, but Colomban was tough, he had not come to be just an easy touch import challenger, he wanted Vassell’s tilte!
Vassell picked up a small cut over his left eye in round four and the experienced Colomban was always in the fight. Vassell had to be switched on and intense in his work to keep the upperhand.
Colomban continued to have his moments of success, but Vassell was better in all departments and sussed him out enough to keep in control.
The champion finished the fight strong and with Colomban tiring, it looked like Vassell may go looking for the stoppage. But the challenger, hung in there and shown his metal, even staying up when Vassell caught him flush with his best punch of the fight a crunching left hook in the 11th round.
Eventually Vassell ran out a comfortable winner, but admitted to Hatton TV afterward’s that he felt he may have overtrained for the fight, but added he can do 12 rounds no problem, he enjoys his training and looks forward to his next fight, whoever is put in front of him, he is ready to fight.(interview above) – Vassell could now be lined up to face new British champion Colin Lynes, who claimed the Lonsdale belt last week, outpointing Lee Purdy.
On the undercard: Cruiserweight Matty Askin maintained his unbeaten record with a third-round stoppage of Czech Roman Kracik.
It was 22 year old Askin’s 12th professional fight and there is a chance he may get a shot at British champion Leon Williams.
Paul Truscott, Kieran Maher, Keiran Farrell and Adam Little all had good wins. fight results to follow.