Luke Gibb improved his record to 4-1 with his first fight back since his sole career defeat last February when challenging for the British Challenge belt.
‘Gibbo’ was in fine form on JE Promotions’ ‘The Homecoming’ show at Mote Park in Maidstone on October 6.
The Bexleyheath boxer became only the second boxer to ever drop Blackburn’s Naheem Chaudry (0-28) when a short left uppercut landed heavily in the fourth and final round.
The vaster experienced Chaudry was a slick operator and his amateur pedigree was evident in his boxing ability, but ‘Gibbo’s’ pressure-fighting was dominant throughout and proved to be a class above.
The 29-year-old's fourth pro win was scored 40-35.
The former Team GB boxer said, “Great to get back to winning ways against a very tough guy. I got a lovely knock down in the fourth and just came short of stopping him, but it wasn’t to be, but was great to be back in there again.”
Chaudry, a North West Regional champion and ABA quarter-finalist, has not been stopped in 28 contests but has now suffered two knockdowns in as many months, with Gibb scoring his crushing uppercut just one month after 21-year-old super-lightweight Kyle Scully dropped him with a short right hand in the first round.
‘Gibbo’, a former England International, experienced sparring with his old Team GB teammate Luke Campbell in preparation for his comeback and plans to return to title fights in 2019.
Last February, Gibb found himself on the canvas himself when he was caught by surprise by Northern Area title contender Jordan “Baby J” Ellison (9-12), who counts Lewis Ritson as a sparring partner, in the opening round of their eight-round British Challenge lightweight belt contest.
He became the sixth prospect to be scalped by Ellison, who experienced a decorated amateur career himself, winning around 40 of 50 bouts and crowned the Northern Area champion.
In previous bouts against Ibrar Riyaz (4-114-4), Stockport’s Jamie Quinn (2-37-2) and Fonz Alexander (5-64), Gibb claimed all 14 rounds against the trio of foes.
The former Nemesis ABC boxer, now trained by Ray Askew and Sam Latham at the Invicta Gym in Sheppey, had experienced over 80 amateur fights and was selected for the Team GB Development Squad in his early 20’s but quit boxing for a number of years to concentrate on a career as a nightclub promoter.
After a short break, he has picked himself up and returned to the ring to score his first pro career knockdown and aims to get back in the title mix as soon as possible.
British Challenge belt super-middleweight champion Charlie ‘The Animal’ Shane moved up to 7-0 with a dominant display over 27-year-old southpaw Bryn ‘The Bruiser’ Wain (0-21) and plans to challenge for the vacant Southern Area super-middleweight title next.
Chelmsford’s Tom ‘Micro Machine’ McGinley (6-1) defeated Manchester’s Steven Maguire (0-5) 40-36 on points, whilst he awaits the date for his mandated Southern Area title super-bantamweight title shot against champion Duane Winters (10-1).
Light-heavyweight Paul ‘Bomber’ Brown moved up to 3-0 with a 40-36 points win over Chessington's Richard Harrison (3-31).
Featherweight Jack Budge also increased his record 3-0 in his second appearance under the JE Promotions banner, having experienced his debut under Chris Sanigar in 2016 when working as an apprentice jockey in Lambourn, Berkshire.
Debutant Aidan ‘Kid’ Cassidy (1-0), 23 from Sittingbourne, marked his professional debut with a points win over stand-in opponent Haroon Karim (0-4).
Southern Area title contender John ‘The Don’ Brennan (10-5-1), 33 from Slough, reached double figures on his win record, triumphing on points over London-based Italian Victor Edagha (0-41-1) over four-rounds at the super-welterweight limit.
JE Promotions are planning their next event at Mote Park in November.
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