Lowestoft’s Craig Poxton misses out on European title glory after epic battle

Craig Poxton in action against Leon Woodstock. Picture: PA

Craig Poxton in action against Leon Woodstock. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Craig Poxton's bid for European glory came to a bloody end on Saturday night – but the man from Lowestoft left the ring with his head held high.

Poxton was beaten on points by Lyon Woodstock in their WBO European super-featherweight title clash in Leeds.

The 28-year-old suffered a terrible cut above his right eye in the second round after a clash of heads, but his corner worked minor miracles and Poxton managed to get through 10 torrid rounds, the two men standing toe-to-toe and trading punches in a contender for fight of the year.

Poxton, the Southern Area super-featherweight champion, started well, showing no signs of being overawed by the occasion – nor the growing reputation of his 24-year-old opponent.

But his dream was almost over in the second round, with referee Steve Gray calling a time-out to examine the cut. The fight continued – and it proved to be a cracker. Poxton was the better man over the first half of the fight, but Woodstock came on strong in the latter stages.

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There was little in it at the end, with the judges scoring it 98-93, 97-95 and 97-93 in Woodstock's favour.

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