Summer fight on continent beckons for Couzens

Sammy Couzens against Manny Oshunrinde. York Hall, Bethnal Green. May 7, 2011. Picture: Gianluca di Caro.
Sammy Couzens against Manny Oshunrinde. York Hall, Bethnal Green. May 7, 2011. Picture: Gianluca di Caro.

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The offers are coming in for Sammy Couzens after his impressive fight night success.

Couzens shone in his outing at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday as he forced Emmanuel Oshunrinde to quit on his stool at the end of the third round.

It was a fine showing from the 25-year-old pressure fighter as he took the best of what the American powerhouse had to offer.

The 7-4 light-heavyweight came through that and delivered his own impressive work to leave Oshunrinde deflated and beaten.

Now German promoters are keen to put the Titchfield fighter on a bill on the continent in June.

They were impressed with his display as he suffered a controversial stoppage to highly-touted German Artur Hein last year.

And word has reached them of Couzens’ latest success against Oshunrinde at the weekend.

A crack at the Southern Area light-heavyweight title could be on the cards, too, after his promoter Jack Bishop made a request to the council for his man to be considered for a tilt at the belt.

Bishop said: ‘I was very pleased with Sammy.

‘He made a mockery of his opponent’s boasts and was impressive.

‘He’s had his faults in the past, but the great thing about Sammy is he corrects them.

‘It’s taken years for him to put his hands up around his chin and not under them, but he’s doing that.

‘He could have used his jab a bit more, but he was the first to say that afterwards.

‘The Germans have already been on to me and want him out there in June.

‘They like his all-action style so that could be an option.

‘I’ve also written to the board and requested he be considered a contender for the Southern Area title.

‘There’s certainly a few options out for him after that win.’

It was a night of mixed fortunes for the Couzens family as Sammy’s brother Danny suffered a fourth-round stoppage at the hands of Leon Williams in his crack at the Southern Area cruiserweight title.

Couzens suffered a broken nose in the battle, but was winning on the scorecards until Williams found a huge right in the fourth to end it.

Bishop believes there were positive signs in his performance before the premature end arrived.

He said: ‘Danny was winning the fight, but we knew he probably didn’t have enough muscle.

‘It was a chance to go for a title but if anyone is to blame for the defeat it’s me.

‘Henry Cooper in his heyday wouldn’t have got up from the shot that ended it.

‘Danny does have a tendency to switch off and can be lazy, but he is a nice lad and he will persevere.

‘He’s using his left hand more and had some success with that recently.

‘There is definitely something there to work with.’