12 X 3 Minute Rounds at 12st 7lbs (175lbs)
Shakan Pitters WPTS12 (118-111, 118-111, 119-110) Chad Sugden
Shakan Pitters is the new British Light-Heavyweight Champion after defeating Chad Sugden by unanimous points decision in Redditch last night.
The fight was originally scheduled for March 28 but was delayed when the COVID-19 pandemic struck and the lockdown ensued.
Shakan used his long reach and spearing jab to keep the aggressive Sugden at bay and in the second round he split Sugden’s lip with a big uppercut that required a check from the ringside doctor but was allowed to carry on.
Big Shak chose his punches well with scything left hooks and slicing right hands as he picked up the points lead.
He was also impressive in controlling the ring space and the centre of the ring.
Newark warrior Sugden had some success landing on Shak with right hands and left hooks, but rarely troubled the 6ft 6in Birmingham fighter.
All three judges’ had it for Pitters with wide scores of 118-111 (twice) and 119-110 which reflected his dominance.
British boxing legend John Conteh earlier backed Pitters to win his old British title and believes he could become a great champion,
Pitters said, “Chad was very game and I take my hat off to him. I kept it long and punished him as he came in. He was a very tough opponent but he didn’t trouble me. I wanted to keep things basic and it worked. I’m always learning and this was my first twelve-rounder. I’d give that performance a six or seven out of ten. It was a decent performance but I’m always improving.”