Coward stays unbeaten despite short notice call

Swinton light middleweight Tommy Coward picked up his fifth straight victory as a professional by beating Louis Byrne.

Swinton light middleweight Tommy Coward picked up his fifth straight victory as a professional by beating Louis Byrne.

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HAVING just two weeks’ notice failed to stop Tommy Coward from extending his unbeaten record to five fights.

The Swinton light middleweight won all four rounds against Louis Byrne at Hillsborough Leisure Centre on Saturday, despite taking the fight at short notice.

Coward returned from holiday in Tenerife two weeks ago and headed straight for the gym.

But there was no jet-lag as he controlled the bout against London journeyman Byrne throughout.

And trainer Stefy Bull was delighted with his man’s performance.

Bull said: “Tommy boxed really well to say he’d took the fight at short notice.

“I rang him while he was away to say we’d had the offer and he was really keen to take it with it being a television show.

“The performance he put in was really good and gave him a lot of confidence.”

Doncaster referee Michael Alexander awarded all four rounds to Coward giving him a 40-36 triumph.

Bull added: “The third round was his best round of boxing since he turned pro.

“He looked a million dollars out there.

“He was putting his shots together superbly.”

Bull is keen to keep Coward in the gym as much as possible during boxing’s summer down time to work on the 26-year-old’s technique.

He said: “There are still a few flaws in Tommy’s game but there’s no doubt he is improving fight by fight.

“He’ll lash out with unnecessary shots at times and he just needs to tighten up a little bit.

“He didn’t get hit half as much in this fight as he has in the past so the improvement is there to see.”

Coward should be back in the ring in August and Bull hopes it will be on the undercard of gym mate Jamie McDonnell’s next European bantamweight title defence.

Bull said: “It was a different experience for Tommy being in front of the camera and we’d all like to do it again.

“It’s all part of his progress.”

McDonnell outpointed Kenyan Nick Otieno to retain his Commonwealth bantamweight title in Saturday’s main event.