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Isaac Chamberlain landed the biggest victory of his career so far with a commanding unanimous decision victory over Mikael Lawal at York Hall on Saturday.
The 29-year-old comprehensively outboxed his fellow Londoner to win the British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles on all three judge’s scorecards (119-111, 118-111 twice).
Chamberlain out-threw and out-landed the champion Lawal across the twelve rounds to add the belts to the Southern Area title he previously claimed in 2016.
“God is good man, every dog has its day,” Chamberlain told Sky Sports post-fight.
“I just wanna say thank you to every single one of you that came out here to support me. It means the most from the bottom of my heart.
“I didn’t have the best amateur career and then I turned pro. They chucked me in the deep end but I kept going and stayed consistent, that’s all you can do in this life.”
Lawal entered the night with the reputation of a heavy-hitter having stopped 11 of his 17 opponents up until that point.
The 28-year-old was unable to get going in Bethnal Green however, offering little in the way of volume allowing Chamberlain to dominate with the jab.
Lawal looked to muster momentum in the middle rounds but still it was Chamberlain who offered the greater output to run out a deserved wide winner on the scorecards.
Newly-crowned English cruiserweight champion Viddal Riley was working as a pundit on the night and offered to challenge Chamberlain for the British and Commonwealth titles next.
“I know the level that I am, I know where I belong. British champion, definitely more than capable,” Riley said.
Watching him again today in person, I know I’ve got the tools to defeat either man that won the fight. Chamberlain won so I’d like to fight him next.”
Gilley wins Commonwealth title on undercard
The undercard at York Hall saw London’s Sam Gilley outpoint Louis Greene to become Commonwealth super-welterweight champion.
Gilley also scored a fifth-round knockdown over Greene in the fifth to claim the win on all three judge’s scorecards (118-110, 117-110, 116-111).
Cheshire’s Karriss Artingstall also forced Canada’s Vanessa Bradford to retire after the second round following two early knockdowns in the first at featherweight.
Late replacement opponent Joe Laws also upset Michael Hennessy Jr on points (77-75) at super-middleweight.