Coombs shines with latest pro win

Mark Coombs
Mark Coombs
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Mark Coombs took the next step in a promising pro career with a comprehensive big fight victory.

Coombs comfortably outpointed Bedford’s James Smith at the Savoy Hotel in London.

The 25-year-old made it five wins on the bounce to extend his unbeaten record in a contest he dominated.

That made it double delight for Coombs, with the win coming after he recently celebrated his marriage.

Smith showed some early intent in the first, before Coombs took over.

The light-middleweight, right, walked down his opponent, forcing him on to the back foot.

That’s where Coombs then let his superior power do the talking as he unloaded some meaty shots.

After feeling his power, Smith went into survival mode, allowing the Portsmouth fighter to chalk up a clear points success.

His trainer Michael Ballingall was pleased with the quality of his display as he chalked up another win.

Ballingall said: ‘It’s another notch on Mark’s record and another impressive performance.

‘Smith had a bit of confidence at first but Mark took over early on.

‘Once Smith felt his strength he was worried.

‘We decided to do things a little differently and walk him down.

‘When Mark started letting shots go his power backed Smith up.

‘He just wanted to survive after that.

‘It was an accomplished performance from Mark and he looked really good.

‘Everyone who watched the bout was impressed with what they saw from him.’

Ballingall will now hand Coombs a rest over the Christmas period.

The ever busy Liam Griffiths will be handed another outing next week, though, as he travels to Birmingham to take on local fighter John Connelly.

Ballingall said: ‘It’s a fight Liam can win.’