WINNING is becoming a bit of a habit for 20-year-old fighter Luke Blackledge.
The Clitheroe-born super middleweight recorded his third professional victory at Wigan’s Robin Park Centre against debutant Adam Stretton.
The evening, a Hatton Promotions show, showcased Anthony Crolla, as well as Joe Murray and Martin Murray, who have just signed contract extensions with Ricky ‘the Hitman’ Hatton’s organisation.
Blackledge said: “It was a Hatton Promotions show so it was really good.
“Martin Murray was fighting in the main event of the evening, so it was good to see fighters like that.
“But I was really happy to get another win on the night. My fight went really well.”
Blackledge sent his 33-year-old opponent hurtling to the canvas in the opening round, but couldn’t quite register the second stoppage of his embryonic professional experience.
However, he dominated each round before fight referee Steve Gray scored the bout 40-35 in Blackledge’s favour, which added to his triumphs against Stuart Tordoff and James Tucker.
“That was my third pro victory and I’d moved to 4x3 minute rounds for it,” said Blackledge. “I thought it would be a lot harder.
“I put him down in the first round and really pushed for the stoppage but unfortunately I didn’t get it.
“I won every round though and I really felt at my best throughout each one.
“He was a tough fighter and did well to survive but he never really troubled me.
“I was like Rocky once I’d knocked him down, but I should have just held back and stuck to my boxing, that’s something I learned.”
Now Blackledge, who has been rewarded with a sponsorship deal, courtesy of IT Solutions, will be taking the Eye of the Tiger in to his next battle at Colne Muni on Sunday, July 10th.
But, unlike Sylvester Stallone’s relentless protagonist, Blackledge will be looking to pull in the reins slightly, and let his style and technique prevail.
He said: “I just need to be more relaxed and patient in my fights. If I’d have done that, I would have probably got a stoppage.
“But I was happy to get the rounds in which will definitely benefit me.”