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29th March 2021
By: Noah Abrahams
Lennox Clarke silenced his doubters with a stunning technical knockout against Dominic Ingle’s Willy Hutchinson on Saturday night in London.
The Midlands-based underdog threw a fifth-round combination that proved too much for the pre-fight favourite.
Clarke won the vacant Commonwealth and BBofC British super middleweight titles as he stopped Scotland’s first ever world youth boxing gold medallist.
Ripping up the script at the Copper Box Arena, he told Queensbury Promotions: “It’s what I’ve been training for, it’s what I’ve believed in and it’s come true. I’m over the moon.
“It’s all come good. I’ve come from the white collars and now I’m headlining on BT Sport. That’s a dream for any boxer coming through the ranks. I’m enjoying every moment now.”
Hutchinson began the fight on the stronger foot as he optimised his reach advantage and landed nicely with sharp jabs in the opening round.
In the second, Clarke, 29, appeared to be hurt as Hutchinson found momentum and caught the Brummie with a powerful right hand.
Hutchinson, 22, went into the third with a cut on his left eye courtesy of a clash of heads in the second.
The bout shifted in the fourth as Clarke closed the distance and attacked on the inside.
It was all over in the fifth when Hutchinson fell to the canvas after a thunderous right hand followed an unstoppable Clarke left.
Reflecting on the win, Clarke said: “It wasn’t my best performance at all, far from it. I give myself five out of ten. I knew that when I clipped him, I’d hurt him. He’s never been clipped and tested like that.
“I was very scrappy in there. I chipped away at him and it came off.
“I suffocated him. I watched David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly and even though David wasn’t having success at all times, he believed in the process and it came in good style with a dynamite left and right hook.
“I knew I had him when I had him. If he had recovered, then I would have slipped him off a couple of seconds after. He was gone. Credit to Willy Hutchinson because he’s a very good fighter who has good rhythm and pace. It was just too early for him. In five fights’ time he would have given me a different fight.
“That fight was 50% of me and the Lerrone Richards fight was 40% of me. That there against Willy was very scrappy. I’ve got a lot more to my game, I’m not just a bull. I get drawn in and I enjoy fighting.”
Clarke suffered a first career defeat when he lost to Lerrone Richards in 2019.
Calling out his fellow countryman, Clarke said: “I’d knock Lerrone Richards out. He knows I’d knock him out. I’d give him my purse and I’d earn off sponsors. I’d give him the re-match. We’ll fight again, I’ll earn nothing, and I’ll knock him out.
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow. I would seriously hurt Lerrone, but it’s gone. He’s on his mission, I’m on mine and I’ll fight anyone.”
A family man with a wife and a young daughter, Clarke was keen to enjoy his success at home.
“I can’t wait to go and wrap these belts around my little girl and show my family what I’ve been working for,” he said.
“I’ll get Frank [Warren] on the phone and we’ll go from there.”
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