• Dexter Hastings

Holt retires, Sangha gets shot at BCB Super Series


Holt retires Sangha gets shot at BCB Super Series

Unbeaten boxer Indi Sangha has been named as the fighter replacing Paul Holt in the Black Country Boxing super series which will be held at Walsall Town Hall on Sunday 15th October. Holt has pulled out of the series as he has decided to retire from the noble art, this gives Sangha the 7 and 0 fighter from Derby the chance to really make a mark in the domestic Super Flyweight division. South paw Sangha will take on Waqas Mohammed in the quarter finals of this tournament, if successful he will be fighting in November or December in the semi finals. If he wins the semi finals he will then go on to fight for the vacant Midlands area Super Flyweight title.

I contacted Paul Holt to ask him why he has decided to hang up the gloves? The boxer known as “The Incredible” told me “My mind hasn’t been right for some time to be honest, I just need to take a step back and re-evaluate myself and what I need to do next. I may come back, I don’t know but I’m going to have a good time off and spectate rather than participate”.

Holt also commented about Sangha on Social media when asked about him, Paul wrote “He is not a bad lad, he beat me on points, he is a illusive fighter, can’t punch power wise but he picks his shots perfectly and throws them from weird angles, he’s like a young Prince Naseem”.

I also contacted Sangha’s Manager Jon Pegg to ask him how he thought Indi would fair in the tournament? The Eastside trainer told me “He will win it, he's very good and improving his stamina in leaps and bounds”.

Jon also took to social media to mention Paul Holt as he retires from the sport, he wrote “Big shout to former midlands champ Paul Holt a classy lad who did his dad and granddad proud with his attitude of fighting anyone anywhere and taking bad luck in his stride.

Winning the coveted midlands belt is a big deal and Paul did that.

Congrats on a great career mate”.

Dexter Thought’s

What a great opportunity for the unbeaten fighter from Derby, he has got to go in as one of the favorites to win the whole thing along with Manny Zaber and Josh Bailie. Sangha is a very slick boxer and like Holt said Indi has traits of Prince Naseem in his locker with great movement and shots coming from all different angles. I was at Sangha’s last fight which was against Paul Holt, Sangha slipped, slide and countered his way to victory that night, but I will say Holt gave a very good account of himself on the Tommy Owens Promotions show down Villa park and I had it a lot closer than the ref and other people around the ring. Sangha has fantastic movement and slips punches well, but in my opinion does not make his opponent pay as much as he could after they miss. I think if this is worked on by his team he will be a major threat in this tournament.

I was gutted to hear that Paul has decided to retire, he has had a bad run of it losing his last 3 fights, but I thought he made a good account of himself in his last fight where he losed on points. Before his bad run I had witnessed Holt win the vacant Midlands area super Flyweight title by stopping Louis Fielding at the Walsall town hall. This was a great performance against a very credible opponent, Paul has just turned 27 and has still got the option to return to the ring after some time out. The Birmingham Boxing Column wishes Paul good luck in what ever he does next and hopefully he makes a return soon.

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