Hebden Bridge Boxing Club’s Luke Keleher retained his Yorkshire title in a bout at Doncaster Dome.
He put his 69kg county belt on the line against Sheffield City ABC’s Jack Langford.
His opponent was much more experienced with a record of 68 bouts, 45 wins and 23 loses to Keleher’s 20 bouts, 14 wins and six loses.
In the first round he found it hard to get into the taller, classy Langford with his long jabs and good combinations keeping Keleher out of range.
He was catching him too, which caused his coaches concern.
In the second round Keleher came out a lot sharper and with more combinations of his own.
Both boxers were going toe to toe, but the pace Keleher set began to show on Langford’s face, with the Hebden boxer not letting up.
It all came down to the third and final round and to who wanted it most, with both boxers pushing themselves to the limit.
Keleher caught Langford with some big rights to the head and body.
The Sheffield boxer started to wilt and Keleher would not let up, walking through his opponent’s punches like a raging bull.
He was determined not to let his belt go that easy.
After the final bell the crowd showed their appreciation and Keleher held on to his belt by a majority decition.