Ramez Mahmood (10-0) bested Jack Budge (4-1) on points at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on September 7 to win Southern Area featherweight title.
25-year-old match teacher Ramez Mahmood achieved his long-awaited goal of claming the oldest prize in British boxing on the stacked “LAST CHANCE SALOON” card, hosted by Goodwin Promotions.
Both contenders entered the ring unbeaten, but it was Mahmood who kept his record intact.
Former ABA champion, Budge, managed by Kent promoter Joe Elfidh, commented after the fight, "Gutted I didn't get the decision. Full credit to Ramez, [he] was the better man and won the belt. We had a war for 10 rounds. We never lose, we only learn. We'll be back stronger."
There were three title fights in total on the bill. Luton's Kay Prospere (13-1-1) won the English super-lightweight championship with a unanimous points victory over Sam 'The Sensation' O'maison, 28 from Sheffield, with scores of 97-94 and 96-94 twice. The raucous York Hall crowd erupted when the scores were read aloud as 35-year-old 'Special K' won his first professional boxing title.
Deion Jumah (12-0) scored a destructive knockout over Wadi Camacho (16-2-1) to win the English cruiserweight championship and send the 34-year-old 'Machoman' into retirement.
Barcelona-born Londoner, Camacho, fought at the York Hall 17 times during his eight-year pro career. He won the Prizefighter tournament there when he was 28 and won the Southern Area crusierweight title on three seperate occasions and was most recently the Commonwealth cruiserweight champion.