Owen Cooper (BCB) vs. Jamie Stewart
Owen Cooper became the new Midlands area champion as he put on a boxing clinic to defeat Jamie Stewart on Frank Warren’s BT Sport show writes Jack Heather.
BCB Promotions managed Cooper scored a fifth-round knockdown on the way to a dominant decision victory at the International Centre in Telford.
Referee Kevin Parker scored the contest 100-89 in the Worcester man’s favour as he secured his seventh win as a professional and picked up his first belt in what was an entertaining but one-sided affair.
The atmosphere inside the International Centre was electric as Cooper’s fans made their presence known right from the opening bell.
The contest embodied the best of the domestic scene with neither man willing to take a backwards step, but it was the relentlessness of Cooper’s attacks that made the difference.
Cooper, trained by Malcom Melvin, was dominant throughout and landed some real eye-catching shots, none more than a beautiful straight right hand in the fourth that sent Stewart’s mouthpiece flying across the ring.
Stewart was not to be taken lightly though as he often fired back with combinations of his own that ensured Cooper stayed switched on.
It was the 22-year-old’s ability to mix up his attacks to both body and head which was perhaps most impressive. Some of Cooper’s combinations not only took the breath of his opponent but also of those ringside.
The fight took place on the undercard of Liam Davies’ victory against Ionut Baluta.
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