Brad Foster retained his British and Commonwealth Super Bantamweight titles, and removed any doubt that lingered over his controversial draw with Lucien Reid last time out, with an emphatic sixth round stoppage in their rematch at York Hall on Saturday night.
Many felt that Reid had done more than enough to win their original encounter last September, but Foster left no doubt this time with an impressive performance.
This time out, Foster managed to close the gap and distance early on, and didn’t allow Reid a sniff of success.
After a particularly bruising sixth, with Reid struggling to stay on his feet, the end of the round saw Alan Smith, Reid’s trainer, withdraw his charge from battle.
“I was under a lot of pressure to win this time” said 22 year old Foster post fight.
“I came into his back yard and I knew from the first fight that he’s a top lad so I had to be on top of my game”
Elsewhere, there was a mild shock as Umar Sadiq took a deserved points win over the previously unbeaten Welshman, Kody Davies in a contest that served as an eliminator for the British Super Middleweight title, currently held by Lerrone Richards.
🏆 W I N N E R 🏅 ‘
Thank you to everyone who came to support me, thank you to everybody who made noise, thank you for all your well wishes. You make it all worth it #TeamTBS ‘#topboxer #fosterreid2 #wilderfury #btsport #frankwarrwn #queensbury pic.twitter.com/qF9uLcmLLa
— Umar Sadiq (@TopBoxerSadiq) February 22, 2020
In a fast paced absorbing affair, “Top Boxer” Sadiq took 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94 verdicts from the judges to move onto a challenge for the Lonsdale Belt.
It was another brave calculated risk by Sadiq to go in with Davies, who was coming down from Light Heavyweight, with the Ilford based Nigerian’s sole loss an eight round points reverse to Zak Chelli in a battle of unbeatens in October 2018.
Dennis McCann continued his education, and had to go the distance for only the second time in his career with a 60-54 points win over the tough Pablo Narvaez.
Willy Hutchinson also went six with Latvian, Edgards Sniedze, taking a 59-54 verdict.