Area title fight on cards as Morris adds his name to Norwich honours list

Zaiphan Morris with Jon Thaxton. Picture: Chris Lakey

Zaiphan Morris with Jon Thaxton. Picture: Chris Lakey - Credit: Archant

For a small outfit 'out in the sticks' of Norwich the Kickstop Gym has a nasty habit of collecting title belts.

Two in seven days isn't bad work – and there could be three more even bigger ones to come.

Zaiphan Morris added his name to the honours board when he beat the awkward Latvian Aleksandrs Birkenbergs on points over eight rounds to win the International Classic Challenge belt.

Victory came a week after Lowestoft's Craig Poxton won the South Area super-featherweight title - a performance that proved inspirational for Morris' latest outing.

And still to come is Ryan Walsh's third defence of his British featherweight title, twin Liam's huge world title challenge against Geronta Davis and Sam Sexton's British heavyweight title shot against Gary Cornish.

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Trainer Graham Everett has those on his plate, but will find time to try and get Morris another belt - possibly a Southern Area or English.

'We move him on now,' said Everett. 'There's no reason we can't get Z an area title fight. All we can do is keep him boxing and winning.

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'I am really pleased with his performance – I thought he boxed really, really well.

'Credit to Jon Thaxton for the work he has done with Z – he has worked really hard. He convinced me that Z could turn pro even though at first I didn't think he'd make it.'

It was an emotional night for Morris, 32, in front of his noisy home fans. Morris once described his upbringing as difficult, but boxing has helped turn that around.

'I owe my corner more than I can explain to be honest,' he said. 'They are a good bunch. Once upon a time I was a broken man, but boxing has sorted me out.

'The support I had was immense. There was a bit of a hiccup when the music didn't come on when I walked to the ring, but it didn't matter – it would have been drowned out anyway.

'It is because of them I have come this far – if you don't have good support you don't get to the top.

'What's next? Whatever Graham and Jon want me to do next I will do – I will go where my team lead me. Onwards and upwards.'

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