One punch KO brings Douglas glory on university fight night

Morecambe's Natasha Leach goes on the attack against Gemma Thomas.
Morecambe's Natasha Leach goes on the attack against Gemma Thomas.
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Morecambe boxers had mixed fortunes when fighting for titles in Lancaster on Saturday night.

Hard punching Steven Douglas won the UKBA Light Welterweight Title with a one-punch 40-second blow out of Doncaster’s Thomas Chadburn.

But Lee Newton was stopped at the end of round two in his UKBA Middleweight Title challenge of Blackpool tough nut Joe Birkett.

Douglas , whose record is now 12 wins in 13 fights on the ‘white collar’ semi-professional circuit, hardly had time to get warmed up when he backed Chadburn to the ropes and landed a short, snappy left bang on the jaw.

Chadburn went down on all fours without a hope of beating the count, much to the delight of Douglas’ supporters at the Lancaster Room, the University of Cumbria.

Newton started brightly, outlanding champion Birkett in the first round. But Birkett’s devastating body attack forced Newton to take two counts in the second round and his corner pulled him out.

Also on the eight-fight bill, Adam O’Donnell was in impressive form as he stopped Adam James from Wigan in the second round.

Dan Fisher outpointed brave young Joe Craddock who came back from a knockdown to force Fisher to fight for the full three rounds.

Lewis Marshall once again looked good in easily outpointing a game opponent from Blackpool, while Scott Mahon battled Alec Gibson from Blackpool to a crowd-pleasing draw.

In exhibition bouts, young Jack Livesey made his in-ring debut against Charlie Woods from Blackpool, while Natasha Leach boxed very well against Gemma Thomas from Wigan.

Bentham pro light heavyweight Tomi Tatham was in attendance at the Coastal Boxing Promotions show.