English cruiserweight Tony Conquest claimed the vacant Commonwealth title with a near shutout 12 round points victory over Australian co challenger Daniel Ammann at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday night.
Despite being the underdog, the 29 year-old from Romford in Essex, took control early on, employing the jab to box his way to a clear 118-110,119-109 and 120-109 points verdict.
Conquest, 13-1-(5), wobbled his Aussie opponent in the eighth round and had him in trouble but somehow Ammann managed to survive. Ammann suffered a nasty cut going into the 12th round but was allowed to continue after an inspection from the ringside doctor..
Speaking to Boxnation after the fight Conquest said: "When I was a kid I had a poster of Henry Cooper with his Lonsdale (British) belt and I’d love to win one - that’s always been my dream.
"I thought my performance was workmanlike. There weren’t really any fireworks but this was a banana skin as Ammann has been in with some decent people.
"So I took my time and picked my shots. I tried to be controlled and not go wild. I did get caught a few times but I could see his shots coming, it was down to my lazy footwork.”
February 22, 2014