Heartache for Portsmouth boxing legend in defeat to American star

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Tony Oakey’s big-fight comeback ended in disappointment last night.

The Leigh Park Warrior was stopped in the second round by American star Jeff Lacy at a raucous Mountbatten Centre.

Oakey's big-fight return ended in stoppage disappointment. Picture: Vernon Nash (180695-094)

Oakey's big-fight return ended in stoppage disappointment. Picture: Vernon Nash (180695-094)

Oakey’s army of fans turned out to cheer the Portsmouth boxing legend on as they awoke memories of his professional heyday.

And the decorated champion produced a first round which harked back to those halcyon days against the former world champion.

But Lacy’s renowned power got through to Oakey in the second with a fierce barrage, which heavily floored the 42-year-old.

The light-heavyweight had the crowd cheering as he somehow rose to feet and fired back, but another Lacy salvo rightly saw the contest waved off by former world champ referee Robin Reid.

After receiving treatment from medics, Oakey admitted he was deflated at not producing the swansong he was looking for but could reflect happily on his achievements.

Oakey said: ‘Of course I’m disappointed.

‘But it was a great shot from a world-class puncher - and that can happen.

‘He’s a world-class boxer, probably the best that’s ever been to Portsmouth, so I take my hat off to him,

‘The support was brilliant yet again, that’s been seen my whole career, and I’ll never forget that. There’s been some great memories.’