TERRY Russell, of South Moreton BC, near Didcot, produced a terrific performance to claim the vacant Queensbury League’s national super-middleweight title at Epsom racecourse.

Russell, from Wantage, went in as the underdog against Oxford-based Pole Artur Gorka in the semi-pro contest, which was screened live on Eurosport.

After counter-punching for the first two rounds, Russell took the fight to his opponent for the last three, rocking him on a number of occasions, to win a unanimous points decision.

Russell said: “I thought the fight went exactly to our game plan and being crowned the champion is an amazing feeling.

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“Coming into the fight we’d worked on coming forward with lots of head movement and really putting the pressure on, and after the first round Gorka seemed to lose a lot of his strength.

“Performance-wise I felt it was one of my best, and now I’ve got the belt I’m looking forward to defending it early next year against Jason Felix and remaining champion.”

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