Robbie Turley triumphs over Jamie Speight in British title eliminator

Robbie Turley triumphs over Jamie Speight in British title eliminator

By Dewi Powell: Cefn Fforest’s Robbie Turley (14-3, 3KO) produced the best performance of his career just when he needed it, winning every round against Devon’s Jamie Speight (12-7, 1KO).

The three ringside judges scored the British title eliminator 100-90, 100-91 and 100-91 in favour of the Welshman at the City Academy in Bristol on Sanigar Events’ ‘The Mexican’ show.

The British super-bantamweight title is currently vacant but it’s scheduled to be fought for between part-Welshman Josh Wale (17-6-2, 10KO) and Liverpool’s James ‘Jazza’ Dickens (18-1, 6KO) in the new year and Turley has put himself in pole position to fight the winner.

Although he abandoned his recognisable blonde spikes, a short-back-and-sides Turley rolled back the years and picked up where he left off two years ago as Welsh and Celtic champion before medical queries temporarily sidelined his career.

In the early exchanges, Turley conceded ground and walked Speight on to counters, most notably left uppercuts to the body and left hooks to the head. The action was temporarily halted in the second round as referee Howard Foster warned St Joseph’s Boxing Club’s Turley for pushing but aside from that, it was frantic from the first bell.

Speight was successful in manoeuvring Turley to the ropes but it was where the Welshman was happy to be, before turning Speight and leaving him swinging at fresh air. There were plenty of feints from both boxers, the difference being that Turley was able to trigger Speights lead and force the Englishman to fight his fight.

Gradually, as the rounds ticked by, Turley began to gain ground and cause Speight’s approach to hesitate. By the middle rounds, Turley’s accurate single shots started to make their mark and Speight’s left eye to dramatically swell shut in the fifth.

Speight bravely pushed forward in the following round but he was blind to Turley’s angles as the switch-hitter slipped side to side, landing counters through the middle and around Speight’s guard. It was a pattern that continued in the closing rounds and Turley’s success brought a wide smile to his face but he didn’t admire his own work for long, instead carrying out the strict instructions from coach Tony Borg in his corner to turn the screw.

Speight’s corner, which was led by the father of European featherweight champion Josh Warrington, would have been forgiven for throwing the towel in but he continued and the contest ended as it had started, with Turley remaining a step ahead.

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