Welsh boxer Craig Woodruff scored an upset points win over former British super featherweight champion Carl Johanneson at the County Cricket Club, Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday.
The 20 year-old from Newport was judges a 59-57 winner on the referee’s card over six rounds and now looks set to take on Tony Pace for the vacant Welsh lightweight title at the Newport Centre on February 23 or March 15..
Speaking to the South Wales Argus after the fight Wooruff’s trainer Steve Sims said: "It’s a great result over Johanneson. Craig took the fight at very short notice but he’s brave and he’ll fight anyone.
"He did brilliantly and to win by two clear points against a much more experienced fighter, who fought for the IBF International title last time out, was a fantastic result. It puts him in the top 10 in Britain now"
Woodruff was equally and understandably pleased with his performance: "It was a good win and it’s great to bounce back from defeat against Mitchell Buckland in my last fight. It was short notice but I was confident and I’m very pleased to have got the win."
Other results from Manchester
welterweight Callum Cooke w pts 4 Billy Smith
light welterweight Taz Apergis w pts 4 Kristian Laight
middleweight Rick Skelton w pts 4 Dee Mitchell
heavyweight Paul Drago w pts 4 Moses Matovu