Seventh pro win for Clitheroe boxer

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CLITHEROE super middleweight Luke Blackledge earned his seventh successive professional win on Friday night at Colne Muni after his best performance to date.

The 21-year-old outpointed Dean Walker, of Sheffield, and now hopes to step things up in the New Year, as he looks to continue his rise up the rankings, and hopefully fight for a title within the next year.

Blackledge won all four rounds against the durable Walker, flooring him with a well-timed jab in virtually the first exchange, which left the 50-fight journeyman on the back foot.

Blackledge, who fights out of Kokoro Boxing in Accrington, came through the rounds stronger and stronger, showing off his supperior skill and immense conditioning and fitness, and he said: “It went well. I won every round against an awkward opponent. I stuck to my game-plan. After seeing him before, I knew he can make fighters look bad – he wants to grab you and spoil – but I kept my range, and got on with my job, and boxed him.

“He had a lot of experience, but I didn’t get involved and stuck to what we had said.”

After a winning debut in October last year, Blackledge has won all six fights this year. Looked back on an impressive 2011, he said: “It’s been a great year for me, but I can’t rest now. I’ll have a bit of time off over Christmas, and get right back into it in the New Year. I’ll have a chat with my manager and see what he says, but I want to be back in the ring sooner rather than later.

“I want to go for a title this year – an English Masters title before anything else really – but I need to get some more fights under my belt before then, because that’s a 10-rounder, and the most I’ve boxed so far is six.

“That’s the next step, to build up my rounds. And maybe by the end of next year, I’ll be able to go for that title.”