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'The Newquay Bomb' Brad Pauls (17-1, 9KO) became the new English middleweight champion at York Hall last night, September 23, with a stoppage victory over undefeated Essex boxer Mitchell Frearson, who now slips to 9-1-1, 1KO.
The opening few rounds were extremely close, both having success, but the more experienced Pauls began to pull away as the rounds wore on in his second English title tilt. Pauls was more relaxed, economical and accurate. Frearson started the fight busier, throwing jabs in twos and threes, but after a few rounds, Pauls' timing was sharp enough to land his jabs and right hands frequently.
He scored a knockdown in the eighth round and Frearson bravely fought on and tried his utmost to get through the adversity, but after too many more shots taken, referee Ron Kearney stepped in to stop the contest with less than a minute to go in the round. Pauls sensed blood and went in for the kill clinically.
Frearson was a solid contender in his first ever title fight and will be back better for the experience.
A disappointed Mitchell said post-fight, "I didn’t get the win tonight, stepped up a level and fell short. Credit to Brad Pauls, who is a top class lad no shit talk, just two hungry lads with a mutual respect putting it on the line and putting on a good show and sharing a moment after the fight, so congrats bro.
"Now time to focus on baby Frearson, possibly coming Thursday. Thank you to everyone for the support, I am truly blessed to have such a great circle of friends and family willing to support this journey. Thanks to trainers and friends. Hope I still done yous proud and on to the next one."
There was a dramatic and triumphant return for Kent's popular super-lightweight George Hennon (9-2, 3KO), who scored a first-round knockout over tough Colombian, Santiago Garces (4-20-3, 2KO). Garces had previously only been stopped just twice in 26 bouts, one of those came from fellow Maidstone man, Sean Noakes, who moved up to 6-0 last night, but 12 miles across town in Wembley on the Zhang-Joyce 2 undercard.
29-year-old 'Snodland Sniper' Hennon was stopped in the first round himself in his penultimate fight with Ben Fields last June, but has shaken off any doubt with such an explosive performance to get straight back to winning ways.
Syrian-born Londoner Yaser Al Ghena (10-0, 1KO), 28 from Finchley, became the new Southern Area super-lightweight champion by forcing unbeaten Aaron Prospere (12-1, 4KO), 26 from Surrey, to retire in the ninth. It's likely the aforementioned Hennon will be offered a shot at the new champion next.
Brad Pauls TKO-8 Mitchell Frearson
George Hennon TKO-1 Santiago Garces
Yaser Al Ghena RTD-9 Aaron Prospere
Lewis Frimpong PTS-6 Karl Sampson
Alfie Clegg PTS-6 Adam Yahaya
Tyler Chambers PTS-4 Michael Mooney
Billy Stanbury PTS-4 Ian Morrall
Ross McGuigan PTS-4 Dylan Courtney
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