ATIF Shafiq took the local boxing bragging rights after an impressive win over Rotherham rival Lee Appleyard at the FlyDSA Sheffield Area.
The fight was stopped 33 seconds into the fifth round after the Ingle-trained Shafiq had his man down three times from a series of body punches.
Shafiq, now 19-2, produced the cleaner and more clinical work, although the two couldn’t be separated in an even first round.
Considered the heavier puncher, Appleyard got some decent shots off but his opponent began to get control as the fight progressed.
Shafiq floored the English champion towards the end of the fourth round and then again not long before the bell, with Appleyard happy to return to the sanctuary of his corner.
Lee Appleyard goes down for his second count.
Seeing his chance, Shafiq moved in at the start of the fifth and after the third knockdown the towel came in from the corner.
Shafiq said: “I stuck to the plan in the first four rounds, to stay smart behind the jab and not get hit with anything silly and then take him out midway. I was hitting Lee with jabs and I could hear him wince, the ones to the body took a lot out of him. I’m ready for the big fights.”
We want to continue holding local authorities to account, attending court and council meetings, as well as providing breaking news, competitions and offers – but it costs money. Online advertising does not cover costs, therefore we feel the need to ask for your help in ensuring we can provide the best possible coverage, online and in our printed products.
For as little as £1, you can support the Rotherham Advertiser – and it only takes a minute.
Click here to support local news.