Sean Lewis (6-1-1) nicknamed the`The Ginger Mexican’ from Birkenhead stepped in at late notice to take on southpaw stylist Adam Ismail (9-2) for the vacant super-welterweight central area title on Saturday night at Wigan’s Robin Park Centre and came away with the strap around his waist.

Liverpool’s Ismail, 31, was set to take on Joe Tonks in an all Liverpool derby for the belt, but Tonks pulled out with an injury. So Lewis, 27, who was to feature on the undercard jumped into the main event when offered the chance by promoter of the show Steve Wood and it proved to be a canny decision.

A very good fight entailed, in a close fought contest with both giving their all, which was reflected on the referee Mark Lyson’s scorecard that read 95 points to 96. Ringside observers were split at the final bell, but the common denominator was it could have gone either way, suggesting a rematch could be called.

“We new it was going to be a tough fight.” Lewis told British Boxers.

“Adam is a tall rangy southpaw boxer, so the plan was get in close ruff him up. It wasn’t going to be a pretty fight but I done what was asked if me: ‘Have a war.’

“A southpaw was always going to cause problems due to me only having three days of sparring with a southpaw lad, but we done the job.”

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