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Victorious Poxton to take short break from sparring

PUBLISHED: 10:12 04 July 2014

Trainer Matt Smith workign with Craig Poxton.

Trainer Matt Smith workign with Craig Poxton.

Lowestoft boxer Craig Poxton will keep sparring partners at a distance as he allows the wounds of recent battle to heal.

The 26-year-old shrugged off a late change of opponent to record an impressive win over Qasim Hussain in Norwich a week ago - allaying any suggestions there might be a hint of “after the Lord Mayor’s Show” after his superb victory over the experienced Esham Pickering in his previous outing.

But having made it six wins out of six since kick-starting his once-faltering career, it’s now time for a ‘rest’, according to trainer Matt Smith. Poxton regularly comes up against the likes of Ryan Walsh and Nathan Dale in sparring at Norwich’s Kickstop Gym, but will need to stay out of range to help one particular wound to heal.

“Craig boxed tidily and won every round,” said Smith. “The cut that opened up in the Pickering fight was opened up in sparring only a week earlier, so we had some issues with that.

“I suppose in a way going forward we are glad that hasn’t gone really too bad – he will be out of sparring for a few weeks now to try and finally let that heal up. It is right across the bridge of the nose. At least not being in a war is a positive.”

It might have been different for the Skinsaine Tattoo Laser Removal-sponsored Poxton had original opponent, Andy Harris, not been forced to pull out at late notice.

“The only difficulty was that we had already fought Hussain before and won,” added Smith. “Harris was going to be a tough fight and a fight that we were up for.

“He is a tough kid and comes to win, so we had short notice, but we are grateful to Hussain for coming down and fighting again. Qasim knows he is not going to come here and beat Craig so he doesn’t throw an awful lot of punches – it would have been nice to get him out of there but he is good at covering up.

“It is still early enough in his career that he can come and try and get a win and I think that he probably came here thinking, ‘rematch, I didn’t get stopped last time, I will have a good go and try and win’, but what then happens is he realises Craig is very good and he is no going to get too much out of it and he ends up covering up.”

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