Miles Shinkwin vs Kirk Garvey

Miles Shinkwin vs Kirk Garvey ends in mixed decision

Published On Sunday, March 3, 2019By Tim Rickson

Miles Shinkwin outpointed by Kirk Garvey

It was heartbreak for Miles Shinkwin (15-5) as he conceded his English light-heavyweight championship on a mixed decision to challenger Kirk Garvey (12-2) on March 2 at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

The 30-year-old from Bushey won the vacant belt in December 2018 with a convincing win over old rival Joel McIntyre, which settled their trilogy 2-1 to Shinkwin. But in his first defence of the English crown to voluntary challenger Garvey, 29 from Clapham, a close points defeat now leaves Shinkwin strapless.

Miles commented on the performance post-fight, "Really tough fight, very close up until nine and 10 and in those two rounds, I done more than enough to keep my title. To boss championship rounds as a champion on your home show in a close fight, you would think that would give you the edge."

The new English light-heavyweight champion, Kirk Garvey, is now mandated to defend against Dec Spelman next.

On the undercard Dean Richardson (9-0); Jerome Campbell (5-0); Graham Tirrell (9-0); and Paul Greenidge (4-0) all continued their unbeaten runs. Debutant Ish O'Connor (1-0) got off the mark with a shutout points win over four rounds at welterweight.

On the same night in Peterborough, 24-year-old Commonwealth champ Jordan Gill (23-0, 7KOs) outclassed Mexican Emmanuel Dominguez (24-8-2) in three rounds to bag the WBA International featherweight title at the East of England Arena, live on Sky Sports.