MANAGING director Steve Clough became the EBF Yorkshire heavyweight champion on Sunday in only his third boxing contest.
Clough, who runs the Tartan Cafe, Castleford and is managing director of Millennium Care Services Ltd, beat Paul Wood to lift a championship after less than eight months in the sport.
He started boxing for fitness until he decided to take his skills into a competitive semi-professional contest, licensed under the European Boxing Federation. His first two bouts brought victories and he was improving every day.
Steve said: “I only wanted three fights in total for the experience and to feel what it felt like in a real competitive contest. With that in mind, my coach said that it would be great to go out with a title to my name.
“We were then offered to fight Yorkshire heavyweight champion Paul Wood, topping the bill at the Batley Frontier on Sunday.
“I’ve been under private tuition from professional boxing coach Keith Walker, who prepared me for the biggest challenge yet. We put in over 200 rounds sparring with Nathan Owens and other fighters around the country. I was well prepared and well schooled.”
Clough was not phased by having to face an opponent weighing in at a staggering 23 stone against his 15 stone.
He boxed well and kept on the move, using his boxing skills and eventually dominating the fight to take the belt from the champion..
Walker said: “I’m so pleased for Steve, who against all odds pulled this off to become the EBF Yorkshire heavyweight champion in less than eight months.”
Steve thanked his sparring partner, Owens, coach Walker and everyone else who helped in his journey.