Christopher scores a dominating victory in Birmingham

(Written by Stephen Wright)

Tyler Christopher maintained his perfect record after dominantly winning his sixth fight as a professional boxer against Luke Middleton in the main event at the H Suite in Edgbaston, Birmingham last night (March 25).

Middleton, a late substitute opponent, showed little ambition and barely laid a glove on Christopher, and the referee scored the four-round super welterweight bout 40-36.

Despite Middleton’s sole intent to hear the final bell, Christopher landed several flashy shots, with a hard right hook drawing gasps from the crowd in the opening verse.

Buoyed by a small but rowdy Bermudan contingent, including former national team footballer Dennis Zuill, Christopher seemed hungry for his second stoppage, forcing Middleton into the ropes and landing combinations, including a sharp left right into the ball. second round.

Tyler Christopher Boxing Birmingham March 25, 2023

The fight became more and more rudimentary in the third, Middleton securing, holding and tying up Christopher whenever possible to kill seconds off the clock.

The 26-year-old Christopher continued to look for opportunities in the final round but was largely held off by the smart Middleton, who has won just two of his 27 fights.

Birmingham-based Christopher will return to the ring on April 22 at the Holiday Inn in Yardley, Birmingham as he steps up his mission to win a Midland Area title before the end of the year.

“(Middleton) was just trying to stay alive, and it’s hard to get those kinds of guys out of there,” the lefty told Bernews. “It was good to get more rounds; I need more to be eligible to fight for a Midlands title.

“I asked to be the main event because I want to headline and I need to know how it feels to be last in the order (of fighters).”

Anthony Hull, who has trained Christopher since the Bermudan moved to the UK more than three years ago, said he expects his man to move up to six rounds next month.

“Hopefully Tyler has a decent opponent in his next fight,” said Hull, the head coach at the D&A Boxing School of Excellence in Stirchley. “When he has to fight someone who returns it, we’ll see what Tyler is about.

“It was a good learning curve for Tyler, especially with him being the main eventer.”

Jon Pegg, who manages Christopher, said he was impressed by his willingness to follow instructions and not lose his composure in pursuit of a knockout.

“He’s more than ready for a six-round fight and he looked cool tonight,” Pegg said. “He could easily have gotten angry, going in for the kill, but Anthony wanted him to keep boxing and keep it professional. Tyler did that. For me, that is much more important than knocking someone out.

“He’s doing great, and I’m over the moon with him. Eventually, I want to see him with a revised chin. Boxers like Tyler, who is quite slippery and loose, usually make a good shot.”

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