LEEDS boxer Tom Young is in line for a shot at his first professional title after an emphatic knockout victory over Dan West at the Elland Road Centenary Pavilion.
Young, from Middleton, dominated the encounter and, after hurting West on several occasions, he eventually forced the finish in the sixth round with a combination on the ropes.
The UltimateBoxxer finalist is now in line for a shot at the undefeated Central Area welterweight champion Anthony Tomlinson, with that fight potentially happening in the summer of next year.
“It was a very good win for me because Dan is one tough kid, and I expected that coming into this fight,” Young told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I thought I was going to get dragged into a dog-fight and I did that more than I would have liked.
“Dan’s one of those fighters that just keeps coming forward constantly and you’ve got to do something special to stop them.
“He was holding on quite a lot, so I couldn’t get my range on him, but when I landed a nice one, it was a good feeling to get him out of there.”
From the outset, Young towered over West, looking a menacing figure and huge for the welterweight limit.
In the opening rounds, West’s unorthodox low head movement proved unsuccessful, as he was regularly picked off by constant clean blows from Young.
By the fourth, West was taking plenty of punishment and holding in the face of Young’s relentless pressure and accurate head shots.
In the sixth, Young seemed to be slowing down but the 25-year-old produced an excellent rally, firing shots from all angles and leaving West hanging through the ropes before the referee intervened.
Whilst a title shot could be next for Young, manager and trainer Mick Marsden doesn’t want to rush him, given his boxer’s limited experience in the ring.
“After the UltimateBoxxer, we didn’t want to come back boxing ‘nobodies’,” said Marsden.
“He’s had six months learning in the gym and he’d improved so much. Tom’s a natural fighter and he’s so eager, but we just need to hone his boxing skills.”
Marsden added: “For me, Tom could do with another eight-round fight like tonight, then move on to fight for the title. We’re certainly not going to rush him.”
On the undercard, debuting trio Cory O’Regan, Chris Ogbonson and Luke Kelly (all of Leeds) won on points, whilst fellow Leeds-based fighters Ishmael Davis and Stevie Mennell kept their unbeaten records intact.