Title win for Goddard as boxing returns to Norwich

Liam Goddard beats Justin Menzie at The Halls in Norwich

Liam Goddard claimed the Southern Area welterweight title belt as boxing returned to Norwich - Credit: Chris Lakey

Norwich has a new boxing champion after Liam Goddard celebrated the sport's return to the city with a stunning stoppage victory.

Goddard launched a fierce attack at the end of the fourth round to end Justin Menzie's resistance. The bell looked to have saved the Essex fighter, but he was a spent force and one look was enough for referee Kieran McCann to call a halt to proceedings, sparking wild celebrations inside and outside of the ring as Goddard took possession of the Southern Area welterweight belt.

The Halls was packed to the rafters for a five-fight show which ended a wait of more than a year and a half for action. And the fans weren't disappointed.

As well as Goddard's victory, fellow city boxer Owen Blunden emerged on top of a bruising encounter against Argentine Ezequiel Gregores, winning 39:37. It was a feisty affair at times, both men standing toe-to-toe for four rounds, with Blunden having to deal with some stray elbows and a charging head.

There were victories for three debutants, the most impressive by Dereham's Emma Dolan, who destroyed Nicole Goldsmith-Ryan in 53 seconds, throwing machine-gun punches with unerring accuracy from the first bell.

Great Yarmouth's Mikie Webber-Kane looked neat and classy in a 40:36 victory over Carl Turney, from Bognor Regis, while Ipswich's Frankie Davey also won all four rounds in an impressive starter against Charlie Sheldon, from Bury St Edmunds.


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