Kenny Anderson won the British title beating Robin Reid inside five rounds
By Adam Norman. Last Updated: 21/10/12 12:11am
Kenny Anderson stepped it up in the fifth round to beat veteran Robin Reid (pic Lawrence Lustig)
Kenny Anderson claimed the vacant British super-middleweight title by stopping Robin Reid inside five rounds in Sheffield.
The Scot did not have things all his own way though, Reid making much of the early running with Anderson looking sluggish.
Reid looked to hold at every opportunity early on but started to land the better punches, particularly the right to the body with Anderson unable to find his range.
The second round followed in similar vein with the Scot unable to land the jab as the wily veteran stayed out of range, throwing awkward shots that found the target.
Runcorn's Reid, 41, was warned for low blows in the next but when offered a glove Anderson showed his displeasure by taking a swipe at his opponent's chin.
The fourth saw the fight come to the boil with both men landing hurtful shots, a good combination inside making Reid think again, although he was still finding it easy to hit the target with hooks on both sides.
But Anderson did not look perturbed by the blows and after Reid was finally warned for hitting below the belt, 'The Widowmaker' landed a crushing uppercut that made Reid take a knee.
The veteran was not badly hurt, but Anderson took the opportunity to up the ante with a right hook followed by a straight left making Reid look anxious.
It didn't go much further, Reid swinging for the hills and leaving himself wide open to spiteful hits, referee Ian John Lewis stepping between them to call it a day.
"I'm happy now, I'm smiling. It's been a long road but I've had great support," he told Sky Sports. "They were reigning me back because I can be a bit gung-ho but that's the way we wanted to approach this fight.
"It's a championship fight and I used championship style. I like to think I'll improve and move on from this this."