Fans can expect another instalment of the British lightweight title clash between champion Scott Cardle and challenger Sean Dodd in 2016 after one of the most exciting match-ups of the year on Saturday night.
Cardle, defending his crown for the first time, dug deep to retain via a last round stoppage, although was certainly in danger of losing his Lonsdale Belt before Terry O’Connor stepped in with just over a minute left.
Sporting a face worthy of a war, Cardle was extremely lucky to get out of Liverpool’s Echo Arena with his title around his waist as ‘Masher’ Dodd gave everything he could before finally running out of gas at the death.
The fight had everything and swung one way and then the other as Cardle began brightly before allowing Dodd to take over in the mid-rounds. By round eleven, I had Dodd ahead on points and just three minutes away from pleasing his army of travelling fans from the other side of the Mersey.
Unfortunately for Dodd, his tank was dry and that final minute would have been an age for the fighter in terms of ring time. That fact left O’Connor with no choice but to save the Birkenhead scrapper from taking a battering until the final bell.
A rematch has already been promised by both Cardle and his promoter Eddie Hearn for 2016 and would be a welcome addition to the upcoming Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg blockbuster in February should scheduling allow.