Kid Kurylak ends the year on high

Mark Coombs

Mark Coombs

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Mark Coombs ended 2012 on a high after picking up victory in London.

And now Kid Kurylak has been challenged to make 2013 his year by moving up the boxing ladder.

Coombs overcame tricky journeyman Kevin McCauley at the Millennium Hotel with a 39-38 points win over four rounds.

The 26-year-old recovered from a slow start to the get the verdict which takes his record to 8-0.

The light-middleweight was facing a knowledgeable opponent who has been in with the likes of Denton Vassell, Sergey Rabchenko, Ronnie Hefron and Lee Purdy.

But he came to terms with the problems he presented the longer the contest went on.

Coombs’ trainer, Michael Ballingall, was pleased with how he overcame the challenge and chalked up another win.

He said: ‘It was a good performance from Mark and a good win.

‘The referee scored it 39-38, but I felt he won by a wider margin than that.

‘He lost the first round but then came back into it.

‘And he got on top the longer the fight went on.

‘It’s the first real awkward journeyman that Mark has faced and he is someone who has been in with all the names.

‘He handled it really well, though, and I was impressed with how he dealt with it.

‘It was a good way for him to end the year.’

Coombs has boxed three times this year, gaining points successes in every contest.

The challenge for him now is to step up his progress and start pushing for honours in 2013.

Ballingall would like to see him staying busy and proving the talent that he possesses.

‘We want to keep Mark busy now and push him on,’ added Ballingall.

‘He has to make that move to the next level if he wants to make a bigger name for himself.

‘He’s got the ability and is really starting to show that now.

‘We are planning a big 2013 and want to have a lot of shows in Portsmouth and showcase the talent in the area.

‘We’re planning to sign new boxers, too. Mark can be right at the front of that.’

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