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Tyler Christopher, Adrian Roach victorious in weekend bouts

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Tyler Christopher and Adrian Roach overcame formidable opposition in the boxing ring to extend their impressive win streaks at the weekend.

Going strong: Tyler Christopher improved his record on the weekend against Mohamed Husain in a super welterweight bout (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Southpaw Christopher secured a points decision over Mohamed Husain in their four round super welterweight bout at Villa Park in Birmingham, England on Saturday night to improve his professional record to 2-0.

“My opponent was a game opponent, he brought it,” Christopher, 25, told The Royal Gazette. “That was his debut and he was trying to win as much as I was. Someone had to go and it wasn’t me.

Young warrior: Adrian Roach

“It was a bit of boxer versus brawler; me being the boxer, him being the brawler.”

Christopher’s technical ability and previous ring experience against similar opponents ultimately gave him the edge.

“I was catching him coming in, pivoting off the ropes,” he added.

“Majority of the fight I was on the back foot. But what helped me was practising with my coach (Anthony Hall) and also those Olympic trials that I did; fighting boxers and watching boxers and the Cubans and what not.

“I did get a style of being on the back foot and using some of their techniques. But I feel like my natural instincts are to be a boxer, more of a big puncher.”

Christopher said the bout was “good experience” that will bode him well going forward.

“I kind of lost my head a bit arguing with his fans before the fight,” he added. “While I was in the ring we were waiting fight and I kind of got into it with one of his fans.

“But my coach brought me back around; got my head back into the game and I just put on a convincing display.”

Husain was a late replacement for Steven Floyd who Christopher was originally scheduled to fight at welterweight level.

“The guy (Floyd) who I was originally supposed to fight pulled out saying that he had a cold or what not,” Christopher explained.

“My manager, who was the match maker for the whole entire fight, hadn’t matched the guy Mohamed up with anyone yet so he put us together.”

Meanwhile, amateur fighter Roach was also forced to dig deep before prevailing on points against Winner Bondo in a three round welterweight bout at St John, New Brunswick.

“I was really excited about this one,” the 19-year-old Crandall University student said. “This opponent was on paper my hardest test. He had much more fights than me and had been to nationals before and placed fairly high.”

The orthodox fighter pointed to his mental preparation going into the bout as a major factor in his victory.

“Going into the fight I told myself and everyone around me that the better the opponent, the better I perform so I knew it was going to be a good scrap,” Roach added. “And as I promised, I delivered my best performance to date.

“I boxed him smart and technically outscored him. I caused him to swing wild out of desperation at times, which I was able to capitalise off of, hurting him to the body at the end of the third round.

“All in all, it was a good fight and I am proud to once again represent my school and country in competition.”

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Published November 30, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated November 30, 2021 at 8:00 am)

Tyler Christopher, Adrian Roach victorious in weekend bouts

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