Lucien Reid was denied the British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight titles by Brad Foster Jr at York Hall.
In the first fight, last September at the same setting in York Hall, Foster (12-0-2, 5KOs) was fortunate to hold on to his belts, as Reid's (8-1-2, 4KOs) accuracy, shot selection and workrate seemed to eclipse the champion, but two of the ringside judges deemed it different somehow. It was a nip and tuck fight between the super-bantams but Reid was always the one on top.
In the eagerly-awaited rematch, on the same night as Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury fought for a second time too, the champion from Lichfield left nothing to chance as the previously undefeated challenger, known as ‘Lethal’, was withdrawn after round six.
Trained by Alan Smith and Eddie Lamm at the iBox Gym in Bromley, Reid failed to get a foothold in the fight despite spells of success. Foster was clearly on top this time and ultimately broke the heart of the challenger.
The end came after Reid suffered a torrid sixth round where he was lucky to remain on his feet.
'The Blade' now plans to win the Lonsdale belt outright this year, before moving on above domestic level.
Earlier on the same bill in London, teen sensation Dennis McCann breezed to 6-0, 4 KOs as he went six rounds for the first time against teak-tough Nicaraguan Pablo Narvaez.
McCann said: “He was a very tough kid. I had him going four or five times but I needed that six rounds. I needed those rounds because they’re all stepping stones to the top.
“I’m just getting better and better and now I’m waiting for a bigger name. I want to fight Prince Patel but he doesn’t want to fight me. If he wants to fight me, I’ll fight for free.”
HÖRFA proudly sponsors British Boxing News