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Emotional return to form for Young
KELVIN Young admitted he was ‘emotional’ at retaining his Southern Area super-middleweight title after outpointing Sam Couzens on Saturday.
The Penhill boxer gained revenge over his Hampshire opponent for a previous defeat in May with a career-best performance at the Oasis.
Young knocked Couzens to the floor in round eight and despite being deducted a point, went on secure an emphatic victory (98-91) to the delight of the vocal home support.
“To win was emotional,” said the Horseshoe Gym fighter.
“It was hard going and I knew it would be. Sam came in full of confidence after stopping me in the last fight.
“We worked on a different gameplan for this one, we knew the uppercuts were dangerous but I don’t think he caught me with that until late on.
“All in all there was a lot in the tank. After the knockdown I definitely knew that it was my fight to lose. I could see in his eyes that I had shook him up a bit.
“I stuck to the plan and the clash of heads in the eighth or ninth shook me up a little bit, but I recovered from it well and that’s testament to my fitness.
“I want to thank Gary Turland and the whole team behind me, we trained hard for this and got the rewards.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Sam. He’s a natural light-heavyweight and is number 12 in Britain, while I’m 20th at super-middle, but hopefully I’m moving on to big things now.”
Young admitted that the fight could have ended his career had he lost it and was relieved to have good reason to carry on in the pro ranks.
And he is now looking forward to the ‘good things’ that come his way over the next 12 months.
“This was make or break,” he said.
“If I had lost this one I would have lost three by stoppage and if that had happened, I would have had to think hard about my career.
“At the end of the day safety comes first and I’ve got a missus and kids to think of. I’m so happy to get the win and move on.
“For now I’ll rest up for a couple of weeks and see my family. After that I don’t mind if I have a couple more defences or go again for the English title, we’ll have to see what comes in.
“Hopefully there will be some good things coming my way.”
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