Doran dazzles to win Prizefighter
On Saturday, North Wales star Tom Doran (14-0, 4KO) breathed new life in to the second chapter of his career with a ‘Dazzlin’ display to win the 34th Prizefighter tournament. The middleweight knocked out the heavy handed Cello Renda (27-11-2, 12KO) in the final of Matchroom Sport’s competition to collect a £34,000 prize winning pot at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens venue. Live on Sky Sports cameras for the first time in his six year career, Doran overcame the toughest route to the final with flying colours and re-established himself as one of Welsh and British boxing’s most promising prospects, having only returned from a three year ring hiatus in May. The 27-year-old Welshman appeared tired in the first round of the final, having had the shortest break from the semi-final to final break as he was in the second half of the draw. However, Renda started to slow in the second and Doran made a breakthrough with a left hook to the body that almost folded his opponent. Despite the turning of the tide, a brave Renda ploughed forward in the third and final round but it proved to be his undoing as he walked on to a flush left hook. The shot sent Renda falling on his front and forced the referee to wave it off as the Peterborough puncher staggered to his feet at the end of the 10 count. Earlier in the competition, Doran out-pointed Birmingham’s Craig Cunningham (11-1, 2KO) at the quarter-final stage, dropping him in the first round and handing the slick southpaw a first career defeat. In the semi-finals, Doran took full advantage of Luke Keeler’s (8-1, 5KO) apparent hand advantage and stayed a step ahead to dump the pre-tournament favourite out, again with a Unanimous Decision. Next month, Cardiff’s Frankie Borg (9-3, 3KO) will attempt to avenge a non-title defeat when he takes on Swansea’s Chris Ware (5-1, 2KO) in defence of his Welsh Area middleweight title and Doran would be a natural opponent for the victor. The victory saw Doran become the fourth Welsh boxer to win the Prizefighter tournament and he now hopes to follow in the footsteps of Gavin Rees, Gary Buckland and Chris Jenkins by competing for domestic honours. Image by Lawrence Lustig / Matchroom Sport.