Brad ‘The Blade’ Foster defeated Leon Gower to win the Midlands Area Super Bantamweight title on Friday evening (20th July).
The 21 year-old becomes the first person to hold the title for 14 years, writes Ben Gibson.
The unbeaten pair went toe-to-toe for the belt on BCB Promotions’ epic three-fight dinner show in the Stadium Suite of the Banks’s Stadium, Walsall.
Foster dominated the fight from the first round and knocked Gower to the canvas late in the opening stanza, catching the Burton man after some quick foot work.
From that moment both fighters went on the offence and traded blows in what was a scintillating affair.
As the fight progressed, Gower began to get hit much more and was cut above his left eye due to the fluidity of Foster who was constantly changing his stance and dancing around the ring.
Gower tried to pin his opponent down and sit on his shots as he looked to slow Foster but the Lichfield man maintained his pace and began to move out of range instead of staying close.
At the end of the eighth round Gower touched the canvas for the second time in the fight and this lead to the stoppage as Gower’s Team waved the fight off before the ninth round could commence. Credit to both fighters who put the cherry on the icing of the cake of what was a highly entertaining three-fight card.
The starter saw Dani Hodges win her first professional bout against Teodora Hristov. The Burtnwood boxer recorded a deserved 39-37 win.
The fight consisted of four two minute rounds and began very evenly with both fighters trying to land every shot.
Hodges, a former kick-boxer, got her distances just right and caught her opponent with a number of stinging shots. She was caught herself at times but did enough to claim a maiden pro win.
If Foster’s win was desert, the main course was a bloody dish as Rachel Ball defeated Eftychia Kathopouli 57-55 after six absorbing rounds.
This victory took Ball’s record to 4-0 as she dished out a serious amount of punishment on her ever game opponent.
It was a blood bath as Ball broke Kathopoli’s nose and cut her on both eyes whilst Ball herself suffered a cut on the top of the forehead.
While Ball was popping out her jab and controlling the fight from the centre of the ring, Kathopouli continued to pressure and get in close to target Ball’s body with hooks and crosses.
As the fight progressed Ball began to tighten up and started to waste less shots, Kathopouli however maintained the pressure despite blood pouring from every inch of her face. It was a war that, rightly, saw every person in attendance rise to their feet on the final bell as BCB Promotions served up a starter, main and dessert to match any dinner show.