Titchfield talent touting for title tilt

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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Sam Couzens is aiming for a Southern Area title shot after breaking Manny Oshunrinde’s heart in London.

Couzens brought light to Saturday night for the local boxing scene when he forced Oshunrinde to quit on his stool at the end of the third.

And the victory showed he has plenty to offer, with a display which offered cause for optimism.

Couzens was returning to the ring after his surprise shot at the Prizefighter crown in January. He was beaten but far from disgraced on that occasion but has picked up more momentum with his latest success.

And he now has hopes of a Southern Area title shot later this year. His respected promoter and trainer Jack Bishop is confident of delivering that after his win.

Couzens is full of belief he will deliver on that front.

He said: ‘It wasn’t vintage stuff but I was pleased enough.

‘I’ve been training with my brother for 10 rounds, so I knew I had it in me.

‘I got into it the longer it went on and you could see that.

‘I’m a 10-round fighter and I can keep that pace all night long.

‘He came out firing and thought he had me in the second. He didn’t. I was just biding my time and getting ready to take him apart.

‘I’m a pressure fighter and that showed.

‘Now I’m going for a title.

‘Jack is confident he can deliver that for me. I’m glad I’m back.’

It was a fine performance by Couzens, who took the best that powerhouse Oshunrinde had to offer and returned it with interest.

A solid right over the top was the shot of the first round and he remained busy going into the second. He was hurt by hooks and uppercuts but sucked up the shots and retaliated later in the round.

By the third Oshunrinde had worked himself to a standstill. Couzens’ shots to the body had registered and it was no surprise to see Oshunrinde quit on his stool and give the Titchfield talent an impressive win.