THE lyrics to his ring entrance screamed “It’s my time”, and powerhouse boxer Luke Blackledge proved that to be the case after being crowned British Masters light-heavyweight champion.
In his biggest test to date at De Vere Whites, situated at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium, conceding 7lb to the imposing frame of Carl Wild, the 22-year-old Clitheroe fighter boxed clever to further polish his professional record which now stands at 11 wins.
Blackledge denied his opponent a moments rest, staying in close proximity of Wild for the duration, controlling the bout, and working well on the outside with devastating blows leading from body to head.
It took until the third stanza for Wild to make an impact, landing several ferocious bombs on Blackledge as he dropped his guard, but each time Kev Maree’s student showed his durability, standing unfazed, before retaliating with hefty shots of his own.
Blackledge dominated throughout, boxing on the front foot, and always found solutions when unable to breach Wild’s guard down the middle. At times he was inexorable and ferocious though always calculated and disciplined. And his fitness shone through in his first attempt at 10 rounds.
Both fighters contributed to a fine, powerful contest, though Blackledge was a deserving 99-93 points victor.
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