JASON Welborn landed a British Light Middleweight title eliminator following his convincing points victory over tough Bulgarian Stanislav Nenkov.
The Rowley Regis boxer has been pitted against Scottish stylist Kris Carslaw after the British Boxing Board Board of Control announced that the pair would fight for the right to challenge Liam Smith for the Lord Lonsdale belt.
Welborn went through the gears to record a shut out points victory at the top EJKO Promotions’ ‘MayDay’ bill at Walsall Town Hall last Friday.
At one stage it looked like he was in for an early night as stinging hooks seemed to rock Nenkov, but the Bulgarian kept himself out of harm's way as the fight went the full ten rounds. Referee Terry O’Connor scored the contest 100-90.
“He was a tough kid,” said Welborn. “But I needed some rounds. I needed a decent performance to put me back amongst things and I got that.
“Carslaw in an eliminator is a good fight for me. I want to get back up to British level and test myself.”
Walsall’s Luke Paddock made it seven wins out of seven with a convincing victory over another Bulgarian, Kristian Dochev, on the same card.
Paddock was by far the busier man and boxed in stages to take an 80-74 victory on Shaun Messer’s scorecard.
“You could see my confidence is growing in there,” added Paddock. “He was a tough European opponent, as I expected him to be, but I thought I showed a bit of skill and style in there.”
Wolverhampton’s Des Bowater made it five wins in a row as he put Birmingham veteran Sid Razak to the sword over six two-minute rounds.
Bowater came out of the blocks at great pace and banged away against the game Razak. It was an impressive performance from Bowater as O’Connor scored the contest 60-54.
The first fight of the evening saw debutant Jamie Gelder step in at the 11th hour to replace Josh McLaren, who missed out due to personal reasons. The Bilston fighter faced Halesowen-based Kevin McCauley and was given the nod 40-37 by Messer.