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  • Writer's pictureDexter Hastings

IBO Continental Champ Craig Morris

IBO Continental Champ Craig Morris

Craig Morris is a 26 year old professional boxer from Ludlow Shropshire West Midlands. The Welterweight/super welterweight southpaw had a amateur career of 23 wins in 35 fights. Morris who is 5 foot 10 boxed out of Ludlow ABC then moved to Lion ABC before he turned pro. As a professional boxer Morris has had 12 fights winning 10 and drawing 1 with only one defeat, he is trained by Stumpy Chinnock and is managed by Dave Bradley but fights under the BcB banner run by Errol Johnson in Wednesbury. In his 12 fights so far Morris has won a Midland’s area title and a IBO Continental title both at welterweight.

I ask Craig who is your favourite boxer and why? He told me “I would say Joe Calzaghe, he was a southpaw with a great engine and power and always seemed grounded and a real nice bloke, although I grew up watching Hatton all the time”. My next question to the IBO continental champ was what has been the best fight you have seen? He informed me “ I can’t really pick one, Calzaghe v Lacey was a great fight or Hatton v Mayweather for the hype”. Morris started Boxing when he was 14/15, he told me “It was always something I was interested in and my great uncle was a good boxer back in his day so I had a crack at it and I’ve not looked back since”.

My final question for Morris was, what has been your hardest fight to date? He told me “my hardest fight physically and mentally was probably Ryan Fields, it was my only loss. Physically I shouldn’t of been in there, lots of things contributing, but mentally because I lost too, he was better than me on the night so I won’t take that away from him”. Dexter’s Thoughts

I have heard a lot of good things about Morris and have had the pleasure of watching him boxes live twice. The first time I saw was Morris was at the BcB arena show “Now or Never” against Andy Keates in a bloody battle for his IBO continental title which ended in a technical draw due to a accidentally clash of heads. This was looking like a cracking battle until the clash of heads stopped the fight, but I was very impressed with Morris's battling spirit. I also saw his last fight where he showed why he is a former Midlands area champ and the current IBO continental champ in a hard fort battle against Chris Jenkinson. Jenkinson gave Morris a great fight over 6 rounds but Morris came out on top in a impressive display of the noble art. Morris has achieved a lot in a short space of time, he shows determination and will to move up the ranks winning two titles in only 13 fights. With the backing of BcB promotions I can see big things in Morris's future, the Birmingham Boxing Column looks forward to seeing Morris fight in the near future.

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