Freddie wins York Hall thriller

PUBLISHED: 08:52 26 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:43 26 October 2013

Freddie Turner

Freddie Turner


Turner has his eye on further glories

Freddie Turner vowed to win more titles after claiming the Southern Area light-middleweight belt by a single point in a thrilling duel with Aylesbury’s Nathan Graham at York Hall on Friday.

“I’m not stopping here,” vowed Turner, who did the rounds of east London amateur clubs before launching a pro career at Canning Town’s Trad TKO gym, which has seen him record nine straight wins.

Turner was given his hardest fight yet in a thrilling struggle which saw both fighters climb off the floor and the loser insisted he had done enough to keep his belt.

Turner was clearly the more skillful of the pair, landing accurate southpaw shots, but he was pushed all the way by 31-year-old Graham who will be looking for a return chance.

The new champion was quick to thank trainer Jimmy Tibbs and promoter Johnny Eames, but the TKO gym boss had his setbacks on the night including first pro defeats for Festim Lama, Paulius Kasiulevicius and debutant Joe Stevens.

Ex-Repton amateur Lama slammed into Dan Blackwell in the first two rounds, but was rubber-legged in the third after being caught by a left hook and although he tried to fight back the referee intervened.

There was better luck for brothers Paul and Anthony Upton who won amateur honours at West Ham before moving to Ireland and were cheered by an ‘Emerald Army’ of supporters as they hammered out one sided victories.

Paul Upton made it two straight wins on TKO shows as he outscored Norwich rival Duane Green in their middleweight match, dominating the action behind an accurate jab for a 40-36 win.

Anthony Upton made his pro debut, punching too fast and too often for Trowbridge journeyman Dan Carr and switching effectively as he worked to the head and body in every round to record a 40-36 win.

“It was great to start with a win - on my Dad’s birthday too,” smiled Anthony.

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