Corby’s Barclay eyes a title shot after his winning return

Simon Barclay made a winning return to the ring last week
Simon Barclay made a winning return to the ring last week

Corby cruiserweight Simon Barclay is hoping to challenge for the Midlands title early next year after a successful return to the ring.

The 26-year-old produced an impressive display to beat Latvia’s Florians Strupits 60-54 on points in front of a delighted hometown crowd at Longshots Sports’ ‘Redemption’ show at the Rockingham Forest Hotel.

It was Barclay’s first fight since his first career loss to the hands of Matty Askin in his English Title challenge and the Corby man produced a sharp and aggressive performance.

Barclay admitted he would have liked to have gained a stoppage victory but he was pleased with his return and is now looking forward to what may lie ahead.

“I felt really good,” Barclay said.

“It was a funny fight because he came here to win but after the first round he had given up hope and he went into survival mode.

“It was comfortable but I wish he had thrown a bit more because if he had done then I think I would have stopped him.

“But it was great to be back and the crowd got right behind me like they always do in Corby. In a way, it was good to give them a six-round fight.

“I am going to keep myself in shape and if anything comes up before the end of the year then I will be ready.

“But if not then we will be looking at February and hopefully a challenge for the Midlands title.”

Kettering’s Dom Specchio is still waiting to make his professional debut after his opponent pulled out at the last minute ahead of the show.

Specchio instead took part in an exhibition bout and said in a message on Twitter: “Something was wrong with my opponent’s brain scan, found out at the last minute.

“Had an exhibition bout in the end. Felt good and was a good experience for the real thing.

“Big thank you to everyone who came along to support me, it means a lot. Sorry it wasn’t the real thing but sometimes these things happen in boxing.”