Lowestoft’s Craig Poxton takes Southern Area title after a sensational victory over Boy Jones Jnr

Craig Poxton is the new Southern Area super-featherweight champion.

Craig Poxton is the new Southern Area super-featherweight champion. - Credit: Jerry Daws/stillfocused

Craig Poxton produced the performance of his life on Friday night to claim the Southern Area super-featherweight title.

The Lowestoft underdog took the title away from the previously unbeaten Boy Jones Jnr in a sensational scrap at York Hall.

Poxton, 28, fought for almost four rounds with a bad cut over his left eye, but while the 20-year-old Jones sniffed blood, Poxton simply refused to allow the younger man to get on top.

Amazingly, Poxton maintained an incredible pace and simply put his foot down on the pedal.

With Jones needing a knockout in the final round, Poxton stood his ground – and went on the attack himself.

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He snapped Jones' head back with a big right, continued the assault and down Jones went. It didn't take long for Poxton to repeat the treatment and down went Jones again. By then, his corner had seen enough and in came the towel with 30 seconds of the fight left.

It was fitting that Poxton should finish it before the end, given his performance. Poxton had started at a terrific pace and somehow managed to maintain it to the end.

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'I get cut every time I fight,' he said with a smile. 'But I keep going. Nothing will stop me. Come hell or high water he wasn't stopping me.'

Poxton is fortunate to have the Walsh twins, Liam and Ryan, to help with sparring and revealed that earlier in the evening he had spoken with Liam.

'I share a gym with the Walsh brothers and it is a pleasure,' said Poxton. 'I had a call earlier from Liam and having someone like that to spar with it helps so much.'

Victory was perhaps compensation of sorts: it was Poxton's second Southern Area title challenge, having lost to George Jupp in 2014 after a fight which could have gone wither way.

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