Clitheroe boxer Luke Blackledge is the proud owner of a strap once held by Carl Froch and George Groves.
The 24-year-old beat Liam Cameron at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall to claim the Commonwealth super-middleweight title via a unanimous decision.
Blackledge, coached by former pro Alex Matvienko at Bolton’s Elite Boxing, climbed to number eight in the British rankings after ringside judges scored the contest in his favour.
Michael Alexander scored the bout 117-112, Howard John Foster assessed the damage as 116-113 while Mark Lyson went 115-114.
On Facebook, Blackledge stated: “Just woke up and my body is in bits. Can’t believe I am the Commonwealth champion. Thanks everyone, especially my team Alex Matvienko, Sean Fogg, Paul Usher, Chris Poole. We did it.”
After defeat, Cameron posted on Twitter: “Thankyou everyone who came. I’m heartbroken. No excuses, @LukeBlackledge fought a good fight. Best man won on the night #Gutted”.
Meanwhile WBC Silver middleweight champion Martin Murray said: “Well done to @LukeBlackledge and @eliteboxer on winning the Commonwealth title #TopFighterTopTrainer”.
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