Last night on a Frank Maloney promotion at the Crystal Palace in South London, flashy southpaw Ajose Olusegun took on Impact Boxing's seasoned body punching hardman Gary Reid and came away with the vacant Commonwealth Light Welter crown with a unanimous points win.
Olusegun started off the bout with his trademark gunslinging style, levelling full blooded power shots at the head of Stoke's Reid behind a pawing jab and the native Nigerian connected with a few wicked shots that the Midlander somehow walked through.
Anytime the action came to close quarters, the shorter Reid ripped savage hooks to the body but the fleet footed Olusegun never stayed in one place long enough to absorb any significant damage.
The action was close but Olusegun's skill advantage proved to be the edge, particularly when he caught Reid with a crippling head shot in the ninth frame that would have finished almost any other light welter in Britain.
Reid's early bodywork paid off in the later rounds as Olusegun's activity level dropped in the latter third of the bout but the journeyman was never able to catch his southpaw rival in a corner or on the ropes and the fight came to a close after twelve rounds.
Ajose Olusegun, 20-0 (10), annexed the vacant Commonwealth Light Welter title on scores of 120-109, 119-109 and 119-110. Gary Reid drops to 13-17 (8).