Camacho delighted to reclaim area title

PUBLISHED: 12:31 22 March 2017

Wadi Camacho prepares for action (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Wadi Camacho prepares for action (pic Natalie Mayhew/Butterfly Boxing)

Cruiserweight stops Wheeler at York Hall

Wadi Camacho celebrates his Southern Area title win Wadi Camacho celebrates his Southern Area title win

Big-hitting Ilford cruiserweight Wadi Camacho regained his Southern Area title at York Hall on Saturday and thanked his enthusiastic fans from the ring.

The 31-year-old stopped tough Karl Wheeler in the fifth round on the Goodwin promotion to score his third win in four Area title battles in the space of 13 months at the Bethnal Green venue and said: “They made it a great night for me and their support created a special atmosphere at York Hall.”

Camacho had lost his hold on the belt after a points defeat against south Londoner Isaac Chamberlain last September and wanted a rematch, but the champion vacated the title.

So Camacho was paired with Peterborough’s Wheeler and left no doubt about his superiority as his mobility and punch power saw him dominate the exchanges against a strong rival who missed the target with most of his big swings.

Solid shots punished Wheeler as he backed up against the ropes in the fourth and fifth rounds and a solid body blow saw him crumble to the canvas.

He climbed upright but looked unsteady and referee Bob Williams signalled the end after two minutes 27 seconds of the fifth round.

“I knew he was a durable opponent so I took my time and landed some good shots. Now it’s onwards and upwards,” added Camacho.

*Fairbairn boxer Fatjon Gola launches his bid for title glory when England Boxing’s Elite championships – the old ABA title race – get underway with the London Championship bouts tonight (Thursday).

The Ilford club entry is booked for action in the 64kg preliminaries, with a contest against Lion BC opponent Louis Isaacs at the Tottenham Centre.

The winner will box again tomorrow, aiming for a place in the London finals at the Harrow Leisure Centre next Thursday (March 30) and the new champions will then move forward to the national quarter-finals.


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