Myers delighted to retain title belt

Boxer Devin Myers is delighted at his second successful defence of his Mark Holmes Promotions 61kg lightweight title belt in what he described as ‘an entertaining but brutal encounter’ at the show which took place mid-November at Hunslet Carr WMC.

“This was the best I’ve ever boxed,” said Myers, “I was proud to demonstrate the skills I’ve worked so hard to develop reading the opponent and wearing him down to get the win as he quit at the end of the third round.

“He just couldn’t take any more of the powerful punch combinations I was directing at his body and head. It was obvious that by the end my punches were hurting him quite badly.”

Eighteen-year-old Myers boxes out of Morley’s Tj Evolve club and has now won five of his six semi-professional fights including three by stoppage.

Former Rodillian student Myers hails from Middleton and works as a roofing labourer but his passion is boxing.

“I want a few more good bouts under my belt before I turn professional. Boxing is everything to me. I love lacing up the gloves even when it’s just training.

“My dream is to be the next undisputed world boxing champion from Leeds.”

Joe Ford referees the bouts at the Hunslet shows.

“Devin is a courageous young athlete,” said Ford, “and our promotion is allowing him to make rapid progress. We stage three quality events annually with younger and older fighters from a range of clubs competing in fair, well-matched bouts with absolute priority given to the boxers’ safety.

“The participants are mainly local including quite a few from the Golden Team Gym in Hunslet. This time we welcomed a few from Gainsborough in Lincolnshire. We also want our events to benefit the community.

“At the November show we raised over £300 for the family of local man Mark Bell and the Alzheimer’s Society.”
For those wanting to support him there are two opportunities in December to see Myers box.

“I’m on what will be a cracking show at Pryzm in Leeds on 1 December and then again at Lightwaves in Wakefield on 9 December. All support and further sponsorship is most welcome as I put South Leeds boxing firmly on the map.”

Devin Myers is best contacted via his Facebook page.


This post was written by James Bovington

Top photo: Devin Myers with his coach Tom Young.  Credit: Julian Hudson

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