By Danny Winterbottom
2012 is quickly becoming the year of the small hall classic. After the ferocious encounter between Dale Miles and Curtis Woodhouse began the month of June with a bang, Liverpudlian Steve Harkin and Manchester rival Lyndon Newman served up a treat for those lucky enough to be in attendance at the famous Liverpool Olympia on Saturday night, June 30.
In another one of those non-televised wars that soon become the talk of the boxing trade, 30-year-old Harkin captured the vacant British Masters light middleweight crown as referee Steve Gray saw in favour of the local man by a score of 97-93.
Newman tasted the canvas in the opener but got to his feet to wage war with his more experienced opponent. Harkin ended the bout with blood flowing from his eye like a crimson river and reports from those ringside suggested the fight could have gone either way, the knock down in the opener sealing the win for Harkin.
Following the contest Newman’s trainer Carl Stanley reached out to Secondsout.com to explain his feelings on the fight and what lies in store for his charge.
“Last night was part of Lyndon’s learning curve” explained Stanley. “It’s all about taking calculated risks. Lyndon had no right after only six fights and never going beyond four rounds to be in with Harkin and battle like that in a 10 round title fight.”
He continued “Anybody who was at ringside last night will tell you Lyndon was in the fight at a massive pace from round one and nearly had Harkin out in round seven.”
“He proved he could do 10 rounds, and hard ones at that. Lyndon could take easy fights all day and look good with a shiny record but he learned a massive amount from last night’s fight both mentally and physically and proved he isn’t that far off the pace.”
In a show of class from the losing side, Stanley and Newman were quick to praise the new champion after both men had laid everything on the line.
“Steve, his training team and family were all very respectful, nice people and we hope there can be a rematch at some stage. We will sit down with Stephen Vaughan and look at the next fight on Lyndon’s learning curve.”