Boxing made a long-awaited return to free-to-air television last night in the UK, as Hennessy Sports and Channel 5 teamed up for a show inside the “bubble” of Fly By Nite Rehearsal Studios, Redditch.
Nick Halling, Richie Woodhall and George Groves – debuting a fresh new hairdo – led us through the action, pitting their broadcast up against the Whyte-Povetkin pay-per-view.
Shakan Pitters UD-12 Chad Sugden (119-110, 118-111, 118-111)
Shakan Pitters (14-0, 4 KO) got the better of Chad Sugden (11-2-1, 4 KO) to claim the vacant British light-heavyweight title which was dropped by Joshua Buatsi at the end of last year.
A wide unanimous decision (119-110, 118-111 x2) was thoroughly deserved by Pitters, who used his long levers to keep Sugden at range throughout the 36 minutes in Worcestershire.
“He was a very tough opponent, but he didn’t trouble me,” Pitters concluded to the Channel 5 cameras after scooping the Lord Lonsdale belt. “I wanted to keep things basic, and it worked. I kept it long and punished him as he came in.”
Sugden was never really hurt in the fight but became disheartened as the fight slowly began to get away from him in the second half. A cut to the lip of “2 Slick” early in the contest was the only notable damage and Pitters cantered over the line after enjoying his best success in the eleventh round.
“His legs went, he was gone for a bit. If I had stepped on him, I probably could have got him out,” Pitters said in reaction to the eleventh round. “But I was not going to take any chances. I was way ahead on points; I knew I was winning. All I had to do was keep doing the basics; we knew we could hurt him as he came in.
“It hasn’t quite sunk in. It has been a short career for me so far, this is only my third year, and winning this is a great achievement.”
Pitters was a late starter to boxing having dreamt of playing for his boyhood club West Bromwich Albion as a footballer. Now, British champion, the 31-year-old will look to kick on at 175-pounds.
Isaac Chamberlain TKO-3 Antony Woolery (1:27)
“I’m back,” read Isaac Chamberlain’s blunt Twitter post following his third-round TKO of Antony Woolery.
The intelligent and absorbing 26-year-old delivered a sickening left hand to the body of Woolery to register a win for the first time in 22 months – a period of time that has seen the Brixton fighter struggling with life outside of the ring.
Now, teaming up with Hennessy and given a new start as a professional, Chamberlain is looking to make up for lost time in the cruiserweight division.
“Mick was telling me to take my time and not to worry,” Chamberlain told Seconds Out after the fight. “I love him [Mick Hennessy] like a father figure; like a father I never had. I owe them a lot for what they’ve done for my career.”
Chamberlain fights again in two weeks time on Channel 5 as he looks to get rid of ring rust that he feels has set in. He believes his youth is an advantage as he looks to move into the world title picture over the next two years.