Ian Bailey caused the upset of the night in London when he stopped previously unbeaten Lewis Pettitt in the 9th round to win the vacant BBBofC Southern Area featherweight title, it was Baily’s first stoppage win in 19 fights.

Baily, 28, from Slough had a sketchy record on paper coming in, with 11 losses in 18 fights, and most expected the 8-0 Erith man to extend his run of wins. It seems though that Pettitt had under estimated Baily’s will and desire to win and when you take a look at Baily’s record you realise alot of his losses in his 4 year career have come against decent enough fighters.

Often taking fights at short notice, he has been in with names like Carl Frampton, Kid Galahad, Rhys Roberts, Josh Warrington, Ryan Walsh, Michael Walsh, Kris Hughes, among others, he also took British and commonwealth champion Lee Selby the distance in 2009, so he has pedigree and this was his chance to shine and he took it.

Baily had lost his last 4 coming into this fight, but that didn’t count for nothing in the end and he came into this one with a winners mentality.

Pettitt started the fight as expected and was boxing well showing his good boxing skills to outwork Baily for the first few rounds. But Baily was always coming and making Pettitt work. Baily’s gradual pressure, durability and willingness to work with Pettitt was starting to have an effect. Baily kept coming and Pettitt was starting to feel the pace, he was now in uncharted territory having never gone more than 6 rounds and Baily’s body shots were starting to hurt Pettitt.

As Pettitt wained, Baily grew stronger and could taste victory and in the 9th he unleashed a combination of hooks and uppercuts that had Pettitt on the brink of going over. In trouble and with his senses betraying him, Baily went for the stoppage.

He tried to land the finishing shots, but Pettitt bravely tried his best to avoid them and stay on his feet, but referee Robert Williams had seen enough for him to jump in and stop the fight at 2:23 of the round to give Baily his first win inside the distance and what a turn around for this dedicated pro and didn’t he deserve it.
For Pettitt it is back to the drawing board and the quicker the better it will be for him to not leave it too long. He give it his best and went out on his feet and can learn and take a lot from this fight, about himself and professional boxing. Pettitt was a good amateur and boxed 18 times for England and had shown good promise up to now, he has got the skills and boxed well in this fight, but got involved when he should have maybe used different tactics in the home straight, he will come again.
Other Fights on the York Hall undercard
Main Event
Romfords Tony Conquest won the vacant WBO International
Cruiserweight belt on Friday night (September 7) when Ian Tims failed
to come out for the start of the 8th round in the schedule 10 round top
of the bill at the York Hall Bethnall Green. read more plus undercard results here..

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