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  • Writer's pictureDexter Hastings

Shak's Back With A Convincing Win

Updated: May 10, 2023

Birmingham’s Shakan Pitters won in convincing manner in his eight round light Heavyweight contest back in his home town. Shakan was on the undercard of the Boxxer Promotions show which was being held at the Resorts World Birmingham (6.5.23) with Joshua Buatsi headlining the show. The Eastside gym boxer would be taking on Joel Mcintyre in a eight round contest in the light Heavyweight division. Thirty three year old Pitters had not fought in his home city of Birmingham since 2019 as his success had taken him around the country on all the big promotion shows. Pitters last contest was in September of 2022 where he took on the highly rated and unbeaten Dan Azeez for the British Light-Heavyweight title he once held. The fight went the twelve round distance but all three judges gave it to Azeez . Pitters who is a towering figure at six foot six has won eighteen of his twenty fights and has only lost in high level British title fights. Mcintyre (35) from Portsmouth has a very good record winning twenty fights out of Twenty six contests and beat Chad Sugden to claim the English title in July of 2022. Pitters weighed in twelve stone eleven with Mcintyre coming in twelve stone ten, reffing this contest we had Chris Dean.

Pitters kept it long in the first round and used his jab well as Mcintyre tried to get in on the inside, Pitters won the round with his jab. Pitters continued to use his jab in the second well varying it and measuring Mcintyre and getting some nice back hands in as Mcintyre tried to get on the inside. Pitters started to let his hands go and got some nice combinations off, Pitters moved well and picked his shots to win the round. The fight sparked into life in the fourth as both fighters let there hands go, Pitters caught Mcintyre with nice combinations which seemed to hurt him but Mcintyre came back with shots of his own, Pitters won the round with the jab.

Pitters was just keeping it simple using his jab well and released the back hand at will. Mcintyre kept plugging away and was having some joy, but Pitters just moved well and kept the jab going controlling the pace and the fight. A controlled round by Pitters who used his jab well and landed some cracking right hands, Mcintyre hadn’t really had an answer Shaks attacks. Mcintyre started strong and let his hands go putting but Pitters just tired him up, Pitters then got back on his jab banging in some nice right to the head and body as Mcintyre continued to press forward.

Referee Chris Dean scored it 80 to 72 Pitters and so did I.

Dexter’s Thoughts

A great performance by Shakan Pitters as he gets back to winning ways on the big stage. He showed great movement and a razor-sharp jab that controlled the contest. Pitters picked his shots well and look determined to make a statement as he won every round on Ref Chris Dean’s card and mine as well. With this win himself and his team can start looking at contesting for the big titles again. He has held the English, British, and a WBC title at Light-Heavyweight, and in my opinion, pundits and journalists have overlooked Shak in this stacked division in Britain. At Thirty-three time may not be on his side but I think he has a few more years in him and I can see him challenging and winning the British title back and even claiming a European title. I have like Kaisee Benjamin championed this fighter from the start of his career and honestly think there are more to come. I look forward to seeing Shak back out again soon.


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