St Ives fighter Karl Wheeler captures title glory - and gives his trainer an early birthday present in the process

Karl Wheeler (right) claimed title glory last night. Picture: DAVID LOWNDES/PETERBOROUGH PRESS & PR

Karl Wheeler (right) claimed title glory last night. Picture: DAVID LOWNDES/PETERBOROUGH PRESS & PR - Credit: Pic by David Lowndes

St Ives Boxing Academy ace Karl Wheeler floored an unbeaten rival to land the British Challenge title last night.

The Peterborough-based cruiserweight pummelled Biola Kudus with a flurry of fierce body shots to earn the second-round stoppage at the York Hall in London.

It was an 11th victory in an 18-fight professional career for Wheeler either side of an eight-year retirement - and it earned a first title success for the gym run by trainer Steve Whitwell locally.

Whitwell said: “Kudus and his camp tried to wind Karl up in advance and intimidate him in the ring before the fight, but it didn’t work.

“Beating him is no more than I expected from Karl and hopefully we can get another fight into him in May time before challenging for the Southern Area title in the autumn.


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“Karl was my first boxer when I got my pro licence and it is great for him to be our first man to win a belt.

“He is a good friend as well as a good fighter.”

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Wheeler’s success also provided an early present for Whitwell the night before he celebrates his 47th birthday today.

Full story in the Hunts Post on Wednesday.

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