The Beast bites to show potential never fades

Luke Crowcroft
Luke Crowcroft

Luke Crowcroft demonstrated in brutal fashion that while he may no longer be a young pup his potential has not faded.

The Doncaster fighter blitzed the experienced Cello Renda inside five rounds of their English title eliminator at The Dome, retiring his veteran opponent in the process.

Crowcroft had shown tremendous potential when he turned professional in his teens after winning multiple national titles as an amateur.

But it all looked set to go to waste as his dedication to the sport waivered, leading to him walking away.

His return to the ring in April has delivered three consecutive wins and back to back stoppages, suggesting time is the only thing he has lost in his period out of action.

Showing the physicality which earned him the moniker of The Beast, Crowcroft bullied Renda in the first round and had him down.

The Peterborough fighter enjoyed some success in subsequent rounds but could not stop the onslaught and Crowcroft finished the fight with a brutal barrage in the fifth which saw the referee step in.

Doncaster pair Lewis Booth and Jimmy Joe Flint maintained their 100 per cent records with comfortable points wins over Lee Hallett and Youseff Al Hamidi respectively over four rounds.

Rotherham's Lee Appleyard won each of his six rounds against Michael Williams as he builds his way back towards domestic titles.

And Sheffield’s Levi Kinsiona became only the fourth man in 90 attempts to stop journeyman Fonz Alexander when he ended their bout in the third round.