Tommy Frank Powers to Commonwealth Glory in Sheffield
With only one stoppage in nine pro fights and fighting a normally durable opponent the likelihood was that Tommy Frank would have to go the full 12 rounds if he was to win the vacant super flyweight title last night in Sheffield.
But the local fighter had other ideas, and Frank very nearly got the job done inside a round. The vastly more experienced Luke Wilton was dropped twice in the opening round and he did well to stay in the fight.
Wilton from Belfast hung in there and held his own in the next two rounds before Frank reasserted his dominance at the start of the 4th. Just when the fight looked like being a distance fight Frank came storming out, sinking in body shots and dropping Wilton twice before the referee quite rightly waved the fight off.
In an interview for FightPost Frank had said he had been working on his power, and that definitely looked the case last night as he took apart a brave opponent. Only Lee Haskins had previously stopped him and the now world champion Charlie Edwards had to go the full 10 rounds to beat him, so the result and the performance is very encouraging for what lies ahead.
Frank improves his record to 10-0, Wilton drops to 20-6-1.
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