Bicester’s professional boxer, Daza Usher, made a return to winning ways last month with a stylish and entertaining four round unanimous decision victory over Dan Sarkozi.
Usher was given only a weeks’ notice ahead of the fight but the 31-year-old jumped at the chance to appear at the City Academy in a sell-out show in the heart of Bristol.
The Bicester man, who came into the fight after a controversial and narrow points defeat in September, was greeted with a hostile reception, whereas Sarkozi, being the home fighter, was cheered to the ring by his boisterous supporters.
The first round was a feeling out process as the two fighters sought to find their range. Although Sarkozi had the height advantage, Usher used slick head movement to get in range to land his own punches.
The second round started a lot faster as both fighters were engaging on the inside and throwing spiteful combinations. A clash of heads towards the end of the round left Usher cut above the right eye.
The body punching Usher had utilised in the first two rounds was starting to take effect on Sarkozi in the third round. The visiting fighter then switched targets from body to head and started to land with regular occurrence. A counter right uppercut snapped Sarkozi’s head back and was followed by a sharp left hook.
The final round saw Usher take complete control. Sarkozi was always throwing back but he was being out-landed and out-worked as fast combinations to the body were being followed by solid head shots that now had Sarkozi on the retreat.
As the final bell sounded, Usher raised his hands, confident of victory and so it proved with the Judges scorecard reading 39-37 in favour of Usher.
Usher, who is the head coach at Bicester Boxing Club, said: “I keep myself in really good shape and I’m always ready to fight.
“When this contest was offered to me I knew I would be the underdog as I was going into his backyard. He was strong but I feel my experience and fitness were the deciding factors.
“I’m lucky to have my own gym that I can use for training. I get my sparring at Jim Evans’ Gym in Maidenhead and my strength and conditioning work at my gym in Bicester.
“I feel this is a good advantage to have when preparing for contests and really helped at the weekend.”