BOXING: Hitchin’s highly-rated boxer Tom Ansell ‘delighted’ to triumph in sweet science on a raucous night in N17
PUBLISHED: 10:44 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:44 19 October 2018
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Hitchin’s highly-rated fighter Tom Ansell kept his unbeaten record by beating Canning Town’s Lee Hallett 60-55 after six absorbing rounds in their super lightweight bout in Tottenham earlier this month – and is now back in the ring again.
Despite a cagey opening as he sized up the wily Hallett, Ansell was ahead throughout on a raucous night off the Seven Sisters Road.
Ansell looked comfortable as he strove to work an opening to the body throughout, firing off powerful combinations that left his opponent on the ropes on occasions.
As the final bell went the orthodox, former rugby player turned boxer had far too much in his locker against Hallett as the talented Hitchin hotshot claimed another triumph.
Speaking to CometSport moments after the bout Ansell said: “I feel good. I felt like I could’ve done more rounds. I started off quickly but my coach told me to settle down, find your distance and go from there.
“I upped the pace in the later rounds, hitting him with some good shots, he took them well. Fair play to him.”
The 25-year-old had lost a stone through intense training over the last few months to compete in the super-lightweight division, down from 154lbs super-welterweight to 140lbs.
The five foot nine inch fighter has been training out of the Elite Gym near the town’s railway station and was unbeaten in his first four professional bouts, knocking out Aleksandar Chukaleyski and winning his three others including triumphing over the experienced Fonz Alexander at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in June.
The fighter was facing his first southpaw and analysed his effort against a tough left-hander, saying: “It’s all about learning. I’m on an apprenticeship and it isn’t over until I win a title.
“I tried to work the body. I can’t always get my right hand away to the head so working the body is always better.”
Ansell was backed by a considerable number of travelling supporters known as the Ansell Army – which included a sizeable representation of old team-mates from Letchworth Rugby Club.
Humbled Ansell added: “A big thanks to all my rugby boys for coming. Thanks to my fiancé who was here, my fiancé’s dad. It was brilliant to have such great support create such an atmosphere.”