By Daniel Mole: Burton boxer, Tom Shaw, insists his first defeat since turning professional was ‘just a blip’ and he is determined to bounce straight back when he fights in his hometown next month.
The 22 year-old had made the perfect start to his pro career, comfortably winning his first 8 fights. A ninth straight victory was expected when he faced Mark McKray on the undercard of Frankie Gavin’s successful British title defence at Walsall Town Hall last month. However, the London scrapper upset the form book by recording a first-round stoppage.
McKray floored Shaw twice and, with the Burton light welterweight in no position to continue, the fight was stopped with just one second of the opening round to go.
Since losing his perfect record, Shaw has had time to reflect and take the positives out of the defeat.
“I just got caught,” Shaw told www.uko-boxing.com. “It was an unorthodox shot and it caught me on the top of the head.
“That happens in boxing sometimes. I wasn’t out-classed or out-boxed, I got caught. It’s just a blip and I’ll learn from it.
“When you’re unbeaten, you don’t just think about your fight, you think about your record.
“It was nice having a perfect record but at least now I can just concentrate on my opponent rather than having that added pressure of maintaining an unbeaten record on my mind too.”
Shaw will be looking to return to winning ways when he fights at Burton Town Hall on Friday, 1st March. Derby’s Luke Gallear takes on Walsall’s Joel Ryan for the vacant Midlands Area Welterweight Title at the top of the bill with Shaw facing an as yet unnamed opponent on the undercard.
“I’m ready to get back in there,” he added. “Every fighter loses. It’s how you deal with it that counts. I’m going to come back stronger and as soon as I get a win under my belt, no one will be mentioning this loss.
“I could have gone hiding but I haven’t. I want to put that loss to bed and get my career back on track. I’ve got the opportunity to do that in front of my own fans in my hometown on 1st March. I’m looking forward to it.”
Also on the undercard is Dudley’ Kyle Spencer (4-0) versus Swadlincote’s Jimmy Price (0-0-1) and Tamworth’s Matt Seawright (3-69-4) against Exeter’s Faheem Khan (4-0-1).
Tickets for the Errol Johnson-Promoted Show are priced at £30 unreserved seating and £50 Ringside. They are available from Burton Town Hall Box Office on 0128 350 8547. Doors open at 7.00pm with boxing commencing at 8.00pm.