Poxton’s Southern Area title defence tops bill on big Norwich fight card

Craig Poxton after beating Boy Jones Jnr to win the Southern Area super-featherweight title. Picture

Craig Poxton after beating Boy Jones Jnr to win the Southern Area super-featherweight title. Picture: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo - Credit: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

Craig Poxton will defend his Southern Area title on a big night for Norwich boxing next month.

Craig Poxton after beating Boy Jones Jnr to win the Southern Area super-featherweight title. Picture

Craig Poxton after beating Boy Jones Jnr to win the Southern Area super-featherweight title. Picture: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo - Credit: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

The Lowestoft boxer will line-up alongside the likes of Nathan Dale, Zaiphan Morris and debutant Iain Martell as the city fight nights return to the Epic Studios in Magdalen Street on Saturday, July 22.

Poxton, 28, won the super-featherweight strap in sensational style in February when he scored an upset stoppage win over Boy Jones. It was a performance which won him BoxNation's punch of the month award and a contender for fight of the year.

'The night before that fight very few people apart from those in the trade knew Craig Poxton,' said Norwich trainer Graham Everett. 'By the next morning everyone knew who he was.

'Full credit to him - he deserves this defence in front of home fans. He is part of our group and very popular – he and Matt Smith (trainer) work extremely hard. Craig runs on Lowestoft beach in the morning, works all day and then goes back to the gym in the evening.'

Iain Martell, with trainers Graham Everett, left and Jon Thaxton. Photo: Chris Lakey

Iain Martell, with trainers Graham Everett, left and Jon Thaxton. Photo: Chris Lakey - Credit: Chris Lakey

Standing between Poxton and win number 13 is Londoner Craig Whyatt, 27, who has a record of nine wins and three defeats.

'It is a very tough defence, but Craig is a good learner and has proved his quality,' added Everett. 'The Southern Area title fights are very well thought of and are a stepping stone towards English and British title fights.'

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Poxton tops a bill that, at the moment, also includes Essex fighters Alan Ratibb and Connor Vian – with other names to be added.

Morris will fight for a Challenge belt with a view to an Area division eliminator fight.

Nathan Dale. Picture: Sonya Duncan.

Nathan Dale. Picture: Sonya Duncan. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

'It will add more experience for Zaiphan,' said Everett. 'He is getting close to that good championship standard – we just need to make sure he is ready when the opportunity comes.'

Dale looks likely to move down from light-welterweight to lightweight for his first outing since November, when he suffered his first defeat after 20 wins.

Martell – highly successful on the MMA scene – is making his highly-anticipated debut as a pro boxer.

'I reckon it is one of the best fight nights we have put together,' said Everett. 'It is a very strong line-up – with more names to come.'

Zaiphan Morris in action. Picture: Steve Adams

Zaiphan Morris in action. Picture: Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

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