Midlands title in sights of Scunthorpe boxer Steve Spence
STEVE Spence has his sights set on a Midlands title after successfully defending his British Masters belt at the weekend.
The Scunthorpe fighter defeated Steve Swinburn by technical knockout, with the contest stopped in the eighth round after Spence had cornered his previously unbeaten opponent and caught him with a couple of good shots.
He is now hoping to get a stab at the Midlands Area light middleweight title during the summer, which is currently vacant following Jamie Ball's retirement through injury at the back end of 2012.
"Hopefully now I can go on to get a Midlands title fight. That's the plan," Spence told the Telegraph.
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"The light middleweight one is vacant so we're going to look at that
"If it happens, it'll probably be in a couple of months' time, so I'll maybe have a six or an eight rounder in between."
Spence, 26, was delighted with last weekend's win at the North Kesteven Centre in Hykeham, admitting that the fight followed the plan he had expected.
He had declared he was in his best-ever shape going into the contest, but had lost almost every round before catching Swinburn with a left-right combination that the Lincoln fighter could not come back from.
"He wasn't as sharp and good as I thought he was going to be," Spence continued.
"I gave him too much respect. I didn't box him at range, I was trying to rush him and work on the inside.
"He landed a few shots on my hands and my head, but he was missing with a hell of a lot too, wearing himself out.
"I just kept walking forward, which was the plan.
"In the seventh round I caught him with a nice shot and he was hanging on to me.
"At the end of the round my coach said I was going to have to knock him out.
"I put him into the corner, threw a left and a right, not really with any power, but he went down and the job was done.
"He got back up at seven and the ref was going to give him one more chance, but his legs were all wobbly so he waved it off."