Cello Renda retained his International Masters middleweight title after challenger Tyan Booth was disqualified at the Peterborough Arena last night.
Former Prizefighter finalist Renda was not at his best in a scrappy affair and left the ring with a badly cut right eye.
Ingle Gym fighter Booth appeared to headbutt Renda in the ninth and penultimate round – although the official line given at ringside was for ‘persistent breaking of the rules.’
Several hundred boxing fans cheered Renda on and the hometown favourite responded well by dominating the early rounds.
But as Renda tired, Booth came into the fight and caught the champion with a number of heavy punches.
Both Booth and Renda were deducted points for repeat offending during the fight.
Renda was always the aggressor however and was ahead, 79-75, on the scorecard before the infringement.
Elsewhere, there was an impressive win for undefeated Nottingham prospect Leigh Wood.
The youngster breezed to a points victory over tough journeyman Kristian Laight.
Tommy Martin’s growing reputation continued with a dazzling points win over the vastly experienced Jason Nesbitt.
Nesbitt has conjured more than 100 fights during his career to date but St Neots-based Martin won every round of six.
Chatteris starlet Jordan Gill endured a battle against Sid Razak – but produced when it mattered to stretch his perfect start to 4-0.
Debutant Sam Barron produced the punch of the night when he knocked out Lewis Byrne with a stunning short right uppercut in the third round.
Danny Ahrens, trained by Spencer Oliver, stopped a batterend and bruised Andrew Patterson in the second round, before Kev McCauley triumphed over Danny Mulhern in a middleweight contest.
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