Sharoudi makes it five in a row

PIC ALAN WATSON - FORGEWOOD ABC - (L) STEVEN SHAROUDI AND MICHAEL ROBERTS TURN PRO
PIC ALAN WATSON - FORGEWOOD ABC - (L) STEVEN SHAROUDI AND MICHAEL ROBERTS TURN PRO
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Motherwell boxer Steven Sharoudi made it five wins out of five at the Kelvin Hall and felt he was given his first proper test.

Despite a professional record of 1-7, Middlesbrough’s Phil Boyle is known as one of the toughest men on the circuit and became the first opponent to take a round from light-welterweight Sharoudi who was given the win 59-55.

Sharoudi, who felt he could have put Boyle away with a little more patience, said: “It was much better than my last fight with Matt Seawright as Boyle had a real go and came out very aggressively.

“Had I used my boxing skills properly I could have set him up for the big connection, but I rushed a bit a failed to get it.

“However, it was a fight against a better opponent than I’ve faced before and that’s what I need if I am to continue to develop.”

Meanwhile, former British light-welterweight champion Barry Morrison pulled out of his comeback bout with Ghanian Bilal Mohammed in Aberdeen after falling ill a week before the fight.

Another Motherwell boxer, Steve Banks, missed out on action last week when no suitable opponent could be found on the St Andrew’s Sporting Club card.

He said: “I was disappointed nothing could be organised as I wanted a fight before going on holiday, but it’s not a major problem and I’m sure we’ll get things sorted when I get back.”

Full story in June 16 edition of Times & Speaker