Cardiff’s cruiserweight Craig ‘The Kid’ Kennedy (8-0, 5KO) claimed the British Masters Bronze title with a dominating points decision over Irish based Ugandan Moses Matovu (4-39-4) at the Newport Centre. It was Kennedy’s most mature and patient performance of his short career so far as he stayed behind his jab and kept his raw opponent at arms length. Referee Reece Carter scored the headliner of ‘Enter The Dragon’ 80-72 in favour of Kennedy. It looked like it may be an early night in the second round as a huge jab-right hook combination sent Matovu crashing against the ropes and on to the canvas. Once returned to his feet, the 37-year-old kept his composure and survived an onslaught from Kennedy to see the round out. Instructed by his cornerman and debut promoter Steve Robinson to ‘box’ and not mix it up, Kennedy did exactly that. The Welshman would pin his opponent on to the backfoot and build up pressure behind his jab before cornering Matovu and unloading when he had no way to exit. Aside from a quiet fifth round, the contest was entertaining and Matovu wanted to be competitive in the fight, he just wasn’t allowed to be. However, that didn’t stop Matovu’s antics which included holding the top rope and launching a wild right hand – luckily for Kennedy, he was wise to it. Although Matovu never looked in danger of being stopped after the second round, there were times when he was forced to endure some testing moments but he survived and both boxers went the eight round distance for the first time. Matovu was durable and he’s exactly the type of opponent Kennedy needs having often been unable to go rounds in the past. The British Masters Bronze title isn’t a renown accolade but what’s important is that the bout gave Kennedy the opportunity to go eight rounds and tick off another bullet point on the development checklist as he goes on his way to a Welsh title fight.  

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