Date: 7th October 2017 at 10:59am
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Last night, in Edinburgh, Gary Cornish and Sam Sexton went head-to-head for the vacant British Heavyweight title.

Cornish, from Inverness, entered the ring hoping to become the first Scottish fighter to win the British Heavyweight title.

However, it was a dream that was not to be realised, with Sexton taking the verdict on a points decision.

The judges score-cards, when read out at the end of the bout were:

? 116 ? 114
? 116 ? 113
? 115 ? 114

all in favour of Sexton.

In front of a partisan crowd, Cornish started the fight well, taking the fight to Sexton but neither fighter could land a clean punch. A clash of heads during the opening round saw Cornish pick up a small cut above his left eye.

Cornish with his height and reach advantage started to take control with the crowd urging the Scot to finish the fight early. But, Sexton showed his experience to survive and in round six produced the best punch of the fight so far when he caught Cornish with a blow that rocked him.

As we approached the last third of the fight, both men were tiring badly, making the rounds hard to score. Round nine saw Sexton pile on the pressure as he used his experience of having gone the distance in his last seven fights.

Cornish produced a decent last-round and when the bell sounded it looked as if he has Sexton in trouble on the ropes.

However, it is Sexton who is now the new British heavyweight champion, with Cornish suffering the second fight of his professional career.


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