St Joes get another title and Buckland is ready for more action
THE superb run of success at St Josephs boxing gym in Newport shows no signs of stopping after yet another title was earned over the weekend, writes Michael Pearlman.
The Tony Borg-run Pill club have enjoyed phenomenal success in the past two years with Lee Selby winning British and Commonwealth titles, Gary Buckland becoming British champion and a host of others, including Rob Turley and Lee Churcher, also winning belts.
The latest to join that list is Lydney fighter Chris Higgs, who outpointed Joel Ryan in Gloucester to capture the vacant British Masters welterweight title.
Higgs advanced to 11-0 and the 24-year old was good value in a points win, claiming the verdict in a close fight after finishing by far the stronger fighter.
Higgs sold close to 500 tickets and his supporters were delighted with their man’s 98-93 verdict.
On the undercard, Mitchell Buckland, brother of British super-feather king Gary, scored a shut-out win over Trowbridge’s Dan Carr in a lightweight four rounder.
Buckland won every round on the card and could have stopped Carr in the third.
Meanwhile, the Argus can reveal that Ricky Hatton-promoted Gary Buckland will next defend his title in July.
The bout is scheduled for Newport Leisure Centre.
As of yet, his opponent is unconfirmed.