The fight pitted England against France as Ryan Scope took on Mickael Lebout for the title. In stark contrast to the opening televised fight the match was fought almost entirely upright to the crowds delight.
The opener was a tense affair as both fighters tried to gauge each other’s style. The Frenchman used intelligent pressure to push his opponent back whilst maintaining distance. However much of these long punches were being caught on the gloves. Scope twice managed to counter the leg kick by catching and punching his opponent, sweeping him on the second attempt. The first round was a close one and a choice of preferences – aggression vs accuracy.
The Englishman stepped up the pace in the second round mixing in leg kicks with in and out boxing. His opponent started to get marked up and bloody around the face after taking a number of counter punches. Just when it looked like Lebout was starting to unravel he landed a flush right hand. Scope scrambled back, hurt, but did well to not be knocked down. However on wobbly legs he was taken to the canvas. From a full guard position Scope manoeuvred into an awkward armbar position, but did not have enough time on the clock to finish it.
“Big baby” started round three by pumping the jab, in which he couldn’t miss. He used sublime in-out footwork to dodge and counter Lebout. This was perhaps the Frenchman’s most aggressive yet least accurate round. Scope lived up to his name with sniper like accuracy and perfectly timed counter punches. Roared on by the crowd he picked up the pace for a strong finish and took the belt on a split decision.
“I’m over the moon, it was really tough fight. He was A lot tougher than I thought, caught us some good shots but I got it in the end” Said Scope post fight
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