Bicester boxer Daza Usher is the new British Masters Welterweight champion after stopping home favourite Vinzenz Keuch in eight rounds.
The 31-year-old was matched up against the unbeaten Keuch, who had won all of his five previous fights, for a headline encounter on a Carl Greaves Promotion, with the fight held at Civic Hall and scheduled for eight rounds.
Both boxers weighed in just under the welterweight limit with Usher going into the fight as the underdog, but his speed and agility saw him edge the early rounds.
It was a competitive and tightly-fought contest and as it wore on, a tiring Keuch became more and more dangerous with the hostile home crowd cheering every punch thrown by the Essex man.
There was not much to separate the two men heading into the final round, but it was the Usher who then landed the telling blow when a heavy left hook floored his opponent and led to a stoppage, before the referee stopped the contest and awarded victory to the Bicester man, much to the disbelief of the home supporters.
Usher said afterwards: “This title-winning effort is the pinnacle of my career so far. I have been involved in combat sports for the past 25 years and it has allowed me to travel and train all across the world, winning many trophies and titles along the way.
“But to win a professional boxing title is the highlight.
“As the contest was going into the later rounds, I felt Keuch was tiring but he was always dangerous. He was very strong and was looking to land big punches. I used my boxing brain to keep him on the end of some sharp combinations and crisp jabs.
“I always keep myself in good shape and I’m always ready to box when asked to. I will now let my aches and pains heal and look to improve and progress on this victory.”
Usher’s record now stands at eight wins and four defeats.