Big Ben clocks up Midlands title

BIG BEN CHIMES AGAIN -- Bulwell's newly-crowned boxing champion, Ben Douglas.

BIG BEN CHIMES AGAIN -- Bulwell's newly-crowned boxing champion, Ben Douglas.

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A Bulwell boxer has been crowned the Midlands middleweight champion for new novices.

The new novices catergory is for fighters who have had under 20 bouts. And Ben Douglas, of the Scots Grey amateur boxing club, had been in the ring only eight times when he was pitched into the title decider.

But the 25-year-old Douglas wasn’t fazed and defeated the more experienced Ricky Arrowsmith, of the Walsall Wood club in the West Midlands, to lift the Unibox Central Belt.

Douglas won on a close majority decision after finding Arrowsmith’s neat backfoot boxing a bit of a challenge.

It had also been a split majority verdict in the semi-final two weeks earlier when the Bulwell man won a tremendous four-round contest of toe-to-toe fighting against the previously unbeaten Karl Holmes, of Wolverhampton.

Beaten only once since taking up competitive boxing, Douglas next appears at the Merlin Show in Derby tonight (Friday).

The Scots Grey club, which trains four nights a week at a gym at The Rose Inn pub in Strelley, are also represented on the Derby bill by Couran Howell, who will be aiming to continue his winning run.