Heanor boxer Haydon Clarke has produced the goods when it mattered most in what was the most important fight of his boxing career to date.
In his first ever senior fight, Haydon, who is part of the llkeston-based Trinity Boxing Club, challenged for the Derbyshire ABA light welterweight challenge belt and won in emphatic style, taking the belt with a clear unanimous points victory and giving Trinity a record three belt holders.
Haydon, 17, challenged Adam Sircar, 21, of Buxton for the belt he won convincingly back in December.
Sircar had gone on to compete in this year’s ABA elite championship, in which he made it to the East Midland final , but the young Trinity star was confident after an intense preparation.
Haydon started brightly , spearing the Buxton man with sharp jabs from his southpaw stance.
These were quickly followed with solid back hand punches as Haydon established his authority .
Sensing he was down, Sircar made a big effort in the second round but the Trinity man fired back hard and a series of left uppercuts found the target .
In the final round, Haydon stepped up the pace in the 3 x3 minute elite distance bout and pulled away as Sircar tried to hold and spoil as he tired. Haydon finished on top and a lightning fast combination sealed the bout in his favour.
Scott Rafferty from Trinity Boxing Club said: “Haydon will have learned from this bout but it is now time for him and the club to celebrate a fantastic achievement. Well done Haydon.”