BOXING titles are like buses in Hillsborough. You wait for ages for one, then loads turn up.
Glyn Rhodes’ gym added the name Wayne Reed to their Central Area hall of fame at the weekend, their third winner of the domestic honour in recent months.
The Parson Cross southpaw, 25 next month, stopped the taller, more polished Alastair Warren to become super middleweight belt wearer for middle England.
It was sheer grit and determination that saw Reed through. He had started off the fight at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground like a rampaging bull, blasting shot after shot at the Huddersfield man.
The two locked horns without an inch between them in a gruelling opener. And while Warren, who has twice beaten Sheffield’s Dean Walker, was largely on the receiving end, he was covering up well and appeared to be conserving energy.
Reed, who had lost his only two other fights in 2012, found it hard to sustain his tactics, continuing the bombardment up until a point where he looked like he was beginning to run out of steam and inspiration.
In fact, it now looked like the stage was set for an away victory for an increasingly confident Warren.
At the end of Round 4, Rhodes delivered an expletive-laden corner speech which would have had Gordon Ramsay blushing.
Reed was listening and one minute and 11 seconds into the fifth, he finally found the one punch out of the many, that did matter...bang above Warren’s jaw line.
The 25-year-old’s legs threatened to buckle. He hung on, dug deep and even motioned Reed to come on to him further. It was futile bravado as Reed subjected him to another barrage which prompted referee Howard Foster to stop the contest. Warren objected, as did his noisy fans, but Foster had seen enough.
Rhodes said afterwards: “I went mad with Wayne in the corner. He and began trying to showboat and box a guy with such a long reach. We said if he was going to win, he’d have to win ugly, with his head on his opponent’s chest all night. Thankfully it worked and we’ve go three champions now.
Sam Sheedy, light middleweight, moved to six straight wins with a commendable victory over Doncaster’s Jason Ball, the Central Area champion.
Ball also seemed to have weathered an early storm but could not get the upper hand. Sheedy boxed intelligently, was too slick and deserved the points win.
Barnsley’s Ben Wager drew a highly competitive but untidy four rounder with Middlesex debutant Elvis Makoda.
Kell Brook, a spectator at the show, refused to be drawn on speculation in last week’s Star that he was about to leave the Ingle gym: “All will be revealed,” he said.