Boxing: Win puts Anwar back on British title track

Adil Anwar
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Leeds’ Adil Anwar got his career back on track with an impressive points win over Sheffield’s Ryan Hardy in their vacant International Masters Bronze welterweight title showdown at Elland Road, writes JAMES BAIRSTOW.

Once Anwar found his rhythm he cantered to victory despite a gutsy performance by his opponent, who only took the fight at a fortnight’s notice.

The 27-year-old will now look to get himself back into British title contention at light-welterweight.

The highlight of the undercard was an impressive performance from Anwar’s stablemate Hamed Ghaz who stopped Latvian Deniss Kornilovs in the first round.

The 18-year-old, who is trained by Mark Bateson alongside Anwar at Burmantofts Amateur Boxing Club, is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Armley middleweight Steven Mennell kept his unbeaten run intact with a tidy points win over tough Lithuanian Deividas Sajauka. The only blemish on his record is a draw with under-rated Nottingham man Simone Lucas in November last year.