Former Pompey man lauds best performance

Dave Birmingham in action against Antonio Horvatic. Picture: Neil Marshall (1713340-257)
Dave Birmingham in action against Antonio Horvatic. Picture: Neil Marshall (1713340-257)
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Dave Birmingham saluted his best display on the way to stoppage victory.

The former Pompey defender picked up a fifth-round win over Croat Antonio Horvatic in their lightweight contest.

Dave Birmingham tests out Antonio Horvatic with a jab. Picture: Neil Marshall (1713340-261)

Dave Birmingham tests out Antonio Horvatic with a jab. Picture: Neil Marshall (1713340-261)

Birmingham bounced back from Southern Area title defeat to Jumanne Camero last time out.

It was a display which showcased the 36-year-old’s developing skills and decent footwork.

Birmingham believes he showed he’s not just a brawler.

He said: ‘That was my best performance.

The jabs and upper-cuts all worked. The footwork wasn’t bad for an old boy either!

Dave Birmingham

‘I thought I boxed and I showed I had that in me.

‘I knew I had it in me to box and not get into a brawl – and it paid off.

‘The jabs and upper-cuts all worked.

‘The footwork wasn’t bad for an old boy either!

Dave Birmingham celebrates victory over Antonio Horvatic. Picture: Neil Marshall (1713340-316)

Dave Birmingham celebrates victory over Antonio Horvatic. Picture: Neil Marshall (1713340-316)

‘That was my old footballing days coming to use. And people said I just kicked people!

‘I had a habit of trying to blow people away.

‘But he got frustrated and that was because everything worked.

‘It was a good comeback win and that sets me up nicely for the new year.

‘I sat down after the last fight and thought it through.

‘I had time to think things through.

‘I’ve shown I can box and not just try to smash people up. I’ve proved to people I can box.’