Masters title shot looms for Coombs

Mark Coombs celebrates his points victory over Andrew Patterson at the Mountbatten Centre
Mark Coombs celebrates his points victory over Andrew Patterson at the Mountbatten Centre

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Mark Coombs is expecting to have to wait for his British Masters title shot.

Coombs picked up his sixth victory in the paid ranks as professional boxing returned to Portsmouth on Saturday night.

He dropped Andrew Patterson on the way to a 60-53 points win, as Coombs – also known as Kid Kurylak – moved up to the six-round distance for the first time.

But the light-middleweight suffered a recurrence of a hand injury on the way to victory at the Mountbatten Centre.

That looks set to kibosh his April 28 title shot in Brighton against a yet to be named opponent, which was in the pipeline.

That disappointment is tempered, however, by that title tilt being moved back to June.

And that could pave the way for it taking place on another home town fight night.

Coombs’ hand injury came in the second round in his clash with Patterson.

That had little impact on his control of the contest, though, as he dominated throughout.

The 26-year-old may now look to a four rounder next month before going for his first pro belt.

Coombs said: ‘We can get the title shot on for April 28. But the hand has to be right.

‘It’s gone in both my last two fights now.

‘I hit him on the top of the head and felt it go.

‘Last time it swelled up like a golf ball.

‘I had six weeks off after the injury last time and the fight is only six weeks away.

‘So I won’t be able to train like I did for this fight.

‘There’s talk of another show in Pompey in June. So maybe it will be a four-rounder next month in Brighton and a big homecoming in the summer.’

Coombs looked more than comfortable against Patterson, backing up his opponent throughout.

All his work came off the jab, even after he injured his hand in the second.

A marked-up Patterson was sent tumbling to the canvas in the fourth and Coombs then cruised through to the final bell.

He said: ‘I was happy with the night’s work. I was expecting a real tough fight but it all seemed to go my way.

‘What is shows me is I’m fit enough to do the rounds. I trained my backside off for this and I could have gone for another couple of rounds.

‘I’ve had a lot of help and support from Mike (Ballingall), James Lee and my conditioner Damian Hook.

‘The backing I’ve had from my supporters and team has been brilliant.

‘It seems I’m suited to the pro game.’