Graham targets Southern Area title after dismantling Aleksandrov

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Nathan Graham has set his sights on reclaiming the Southern Area super welterweight title after the Aylesbury boxer showed his class by dismantling Konstantin Aleksandrov at York Hall on Saturday night.

The Bulgarian had never been stopped on his previous four visits to Britain, making Graham’s victory all the more impressive as the home man totally dominated all six rounds.

Graham, who has now won 16 of his 23 fights, said afterwards: “The fight went very well. It’s the sharpest I’ve felt in a long time and I thought it was the best fight I’ve boxed in a while.

“I was very confident going into it because I had a long training camp with my dad Michael and Steven Cook from Pegasus Gym and I felt more focussed than ever going into the fight.

“The fight panned out well. The gameplan that we set out worked from the first bell and I kept him under pressure throughout and never really let him get into the fight.

“I’d like to say thank you to my dad and coach Michael Graham, to Pegasus Gym in Aylesbury where I do all my training and to Mervyn Turner of Shamrock Promotions for giving me my opportunity and also to my fans for coming down and cheering me on.”

Graham says he is now “desperate” to reclaim the Southern Area title following his controversial defeat to Freddie Turner that still leaves a bad taste in the month two years on. Graham felt he had done enough to stop his opponent in the ninth round, only for the referee to allow Turner to continue before the Londoner took victory on points.

Graham is now seeking revenge. He added: “As far as I’m concerned I had stopped him. It was frustrating but now I’m desperate to win back that title as I feel I’ve earned the right.”