Leeds Warrior Josh Warrington defended his Commonwealth Featherweight title in clinical fashion with a commanding points Victory over Ausralian Joel Brunker at the First Direct Arena in Leeds last night.
Warrington, 24, repeatedly neutralised a come forward onslaught from Brunker, using nimble footwork and crisp combination punching to nullify the Australian’s pressure first approach.
The fight started quickly, with both men meeting each other with an exchange of hooks, with Warrington setting the tone for the next thirty five minutes and landing sharply to head and body.
The fight commenced in a similar vein throughout the evening, with Warrinton punishing any physical resistance with stinging counter punches.
Referee Victor Loughlin rarely had to intervene, as the contest flowed with a ruthless efficiency. Both men adhered to their adopted roles within the pugilistic dance, with Brunker bulling forward and Warrington playing the matador with visible relish, skipping away and peppering his outgunned contemporary on his way to a unanimous 120-108 points victory.
The stoppage was the only event missing from Warrington’s performance, though the referee looked ready from around the eighth round to step in if necessary.
Speaking on proceedings, Warrington was typically modest.
“It was my biggest test… I wanted to listen to my corner men tonight and that is what I did. It was about showing that I could box for 12 rounds. I did have him wobbled a couple of times and I am happy with the performance”.
In other action,Liverpool’s Tony Bellew laboured to a fifth round stoppage win over Latvian Cruiserweight champion Arturs Kulikauskis, whilst Martin Murray took a step closer to a WBO World title date with Arthur Abraham with a fifth round stoppage win over Jose Miguel Torres – Murray’s third fight at Super Middleweight.
Down at Super – Featherweight, Barnsley’s Andy Townend overcame Tipton’s Lee Glover with a display of accurate right hooking, earning a seventh round stoppage after suffering a cut eye in the second round.
Morecambe’s Isaac Lowe also engaged in English title action, displaying an impressive maturity in dispatching the more experienced Jamie Speight, stopping his opponent in the ninth following a display of speedy and hurtful combinations to head and body.
pics by Lawrence Lustig