Schofield makes it nine from nine
Tuesday 28th February 2017 @ 11:26 by Mark Phillip

Professional light heavy weight boxer Charlie Schofield has extended his unbeaten run to nine consecutive victories.

The 23-year-old beat Georgi Valevski 60-54 on a points’ decision at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

A Bulgarian super middleweight, Valevski stepped in at the last minute following the cancellation of scheduled opponent Krzysztof Glowacki.

Schofield’s coach, Rob Rimmer, admitted that the late change of opponent caused a number of problems.

Speaking to VIP Boxing Promotions, Rimmer said: “The opponent changed at the last minute, and he was very unorthodox, very awkward and very frustrating.

“Charlie struggled to get going but he knows exactly what he was doing wrong and what he was doing right.

“He was trying to overextend his shots and getting frustrated each round instead of sticking to his boxing.”

Despite the victory, Schofield, who joined the professional ranks three years ago, felt disappointed in his performance. He said: “It’s something I’m annoyed about but we’ll just get back to the gym next week and get working on those things in the hope of bringing them into the next fight.

“I don’t think I lost a round – I let myself down, but with that on my mind it will only send me into this next training camp hungrier.

“He kept on the back foot which caused me to overreach a little bit, but as I keep saying, I’m a little bit gutted with that performance but I’ll work on that and bring a better me into the ring next time.”

Self-criticism aside, victory ensures that Schofield enters his 10th fight, which is likely to take place in April, in a good frame of mind.

And Rimmer believes that, given Schofield’s unbeaten run, the time has come to make the step up.

Questioned if Schofield will be taking on a British opponent in his next fight, Rimmer said: “I think he’s ready for it, definitely, because he’s ready to step up to that next level.

“I’ll have a word with Steve and see where we go from here, but yeah, I think it’s time for him to make the step up and that’s when we’ll see the best from him.”

Following the victory, Schofield thanked his loyal band of fans for their continued support. He tweeted: “Massive thank you to everyone for the support last night. Thanks to everyone who celebrated another win at the after part. #TeamSchofield”.