Tetteh fined for quitting in the ring

Luke Blackledge takes on Ghanaian super-middleweight Ishmael Tetteh. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard
Luke Blackledge takes on Ghanaian super-middleweight Ishmael Tetteh. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

Commonwealth champion Luke Blackledge claims that he’s satisfied with the way that the Central Area Council of the British Boxing Board of Control dealt with his previous challenger Ishmael Tetteh.

The 25-year-old made the second defence of his prized strap against the Ghanaian in May at Bolton’s Macron Stadium and stopped his foe in the fifth round.

It’s not nice to see fighters just quit on the floor like that

Luke Blackledge

However, the unsatisfactory and controversial ending to the contest was investigated after Tetteh was unable to beat referee Terry O’Connor’s count despite appearing capable of continuing.

Following deliberations he was fined £2,500 which, in accordance with the BBBofC Regulations, will be paid in to the Board’s charity (Benevolent Fund).

And the Clitheroe super-middleweight feels that Tetteh has escaped lightly for bringing the sport that he loves in to disrepute.

“I think the punishment is fair enough because he could’ve continued but I do feel that he’s got away lightly there,” he said.

“It’s not nice to see fighters just quit on the floor like that. I remember his corner kicking off with the referee, asking why he stopped the fight, but he didn’t beat the count. I didn’t understand it.

“He stuck it on me and he was finding a bit of success so I’m not sure why he stopped. I caught him with some good body shots and an overhand right before he went down but I expected him to get back up.

“But that’s gone now and the important thing is that I got the win and I can keep looking forward.”

Away from the contention, on the complete opposite side of the spectrum, Blackledge credited George Groves, Martin Murray, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter for the spectacle that they put on in their respective fights as the quartet left everything in the ring.

“They left everything in there and those are the fights that the public want to see,” said Blackledge. “That’s what the sport of boxing is all about.

“Those are the kind of fights that I want to be involved in now. At this stage of my career those are the contests I need, I want the big fights where evrything is on the line.

“I’m currently ranked eighth in the UK but I want to improve on that as well as my world ranking.”

Blackledge has been in Berlin, sparring with WBA World challenger Tyron Zeuge, in preparation for his next outing at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on July 16th.

The Elite boxer feels the experience of trading blows with the German, and training with his coach, WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer, has certainly aided his development.

“It’s been going really well,” he said. “Last week I did 18 rounds with him in total and this week I’ll have done another 16. Sparring has gone really well and I feel that I’ve been nicking the rounds.

“Obviously it’s been a great experience for me sparring with somebody who is fighting for a world title.

“I’m fighting a six-rounder on the same night that he fights so it’s been hugely beneficial for me. I’m feeling ready for my fight now. I’ve been working with Tyron’s coach as well..

“I’ve been here for two weeks so the training has been really good. It’s been good to see how they both prepare for fights.”