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Morris keeps raising his game – and now he has eyes on a belt

Zaiphan Morris on his way to victory over Jamie Speight. Picture: Mark Hewlett

Zaiphan Morris on his way to victory over Jamie Speight. Picture: Mark Hewlett

© 2013 Mark Hewlett

Norwich favourite Zaiphan Morris passed the biggest test of his pro career - and says raising his game is becoming a trademark.

Zaiphan Morris on his way to victory over Jamie Speight. Picture: Mark HewlettZaiphan Morris on his way to victory over Jamie Speight. Picture: Mark Hewlett

Morris beat Southern Area featherweight champion Jamie Speight 39:38, the only shame being that the Devon man’s belt wasn’t on the line.

However, Morris was happy to see off a tough, pedigreed opponent.

“I think I am one of those people – and it can be frustrating for those watching – who, whatever is in front of me is how I rise,” said Morris. “If there is someone really good, I step up whereas I probably won’t look a million dollars against certain other opponents.

“If they are much better and go to war, I will go to war back and try to match and better what is in front of me.”

Zaiphan Morris, right, on his way to victory over Jamie Speight. Picture: Mark HewlettZaiphan Morris, right, on his way to victory over Jamie Speight. Picture: Mark Hewlett

What was in front of him on Friday was Speight, but no belt.

“I have never been in this sport for money,” he said.

“If I was I’d have quit ages ago. For me it is about achievements.

“I wish he’d brought his belt, that is the target, I would like to think if there was a belt on the line I’d have ripped it off him.”

Zaiphan Morris on his way to victory over Jamie Speight. Picture: Mark HewlettZaiphan Morris on his way to victory over Jamie Speight. Picture: Mark Hewlett

Morris, 33, continues to defy trainer Graham Everett’s first impressions before he turned pro in 2014.

“He has proved me wrong and made me eat my words,” said Everett.

“I am 100pc wrong as far as Zaiphan is concerned, but I have nothing but the utmost respect for him and his work ethic. I thought he handled himself really well and I am really pleased with him, and the nice thing about Zaiphan is that he is improving.”

There were also wins for Lowestoft’s Craig Poxton, and Wisbech debutant Joe Steed. Poxton boxed his way through six rounds against the very difficult Ibrar Riyaz, winning 60:55.

Craig Poxton had a good win over Ibrar Riyaz. Picture Mark HewlettCraig Poxton had a good win over Ibrar Riyaz. Picture Mark Hewlett

Steed looked classy against the durable Danny Little, getting the verdict 40:36.

“Craig boxed to orders and did it very well,” said Everett. “Ibrar is a tough handful and it is always good to get some rounds under your belt against somebody like him.

“I was really pleased with Joe.

“It was an accomplished performance, punch perfect. He jabbed well, he switched to the body well.”

Craig Poxton had a good win over Ibrar Riyaz. Picture Mark HewlettCraig Poxton had a good win over Ibrar Riyaz. Picture Mark Hewlett


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