Hamilton had started the fight very well and his good jab and sneaky right hands were landing accurate and with effect. Theophanes left eye started to see the copious of Hamilton’s accurate shots and swelling was evident early on. Theophane’s corner had to work hard all fight with the endswell to keep his tightening skin down and his tumefy eye damage from getting worse.
At the final bell Hamilton and his team mildly celebrated with an air of incertitude, while Don Charles, Theophanes coach lifted his fighter on his shoulders, nearly dropping him as the pair struggled to find their centre of gravity on the Las Vegas style red canvas of the Liverpool ring.
After the decision was announced, such was the overwhelming joy, emotion and shock that came over Darren, he immediatly jumped out of the ring and ran off up the gantry, only to be got hold of and taken back into the ring, to adorn his new Lonsdale belt around his waist the old fashioned way, a nice touch and change to the new over the shoulder option. Darren wore it with pride with a smile that stretched from ear to ear.
Hamilton was homeless a few years ago a boxer going nowhere and sleeping at his gym. Since joining Spencer Fearon and his ‘HardKnocks’ boxing outfit, he has turned his career around and buoyant on the enthusiasm and energy that Fearon and his team project he became their first British champion and boxing talisman.