Corby cruiserweight Simon Barclay produced the best performance of his promising ring career in Wolverhampton on Saturday night.
In front of the BoxNation cameras, Barclay made it five wins out of five with a four-round points win over tough-as-old-boots Preston doorman Paul Morris.
As in his previous four fights, Barclay won every round on the referee’s scorecard, but this time, he threw more punches and there was more weight behind them, especially in the last two rounds when he hurt Morris and bloodied his nose.
At the opening bell, Barclay got behind a fast, solid jab, but although Morris went into the fight on a lengthy losing run, he wasn’t easily discouraged and Barclay had to stay switched on to block his left hook counters.
Barclay really started to find his rhythm in the second round and after he hurt Morris to the body with a crisp left hook, all the ambition seemed to leave the Preston journeyman.
Barclay upped the pace in the pace in the last two rounds and unloaded his full repertoire of punches to have Morris grabbing hold, bleeding and relieved to hear the final bell.
For BoxNation commentators, the work Barclay produced in the last two rounds was his best work yet in the professional ring.