Fighting Fit
Friday 3rd November 2017 @ 12:26 by Mark Phillip
Sports

Charlie Schofield says winning the British Challenge Belt is the proudest moment of his career so far.

The 24-year-old light heavyweight, who hails from Droylsden, beat Chris Nixon on a points decision at the Oldham Leisure Centre last weekend.

In doing so, Charlie has extended his winning run to 12 fights since making his debut against Jason Jones in December 2013.

The latest victory, performed in front of a raucous sell out crowd, has inspired Charlie to reach new heights in what has so far been a flawless career.

Speaking to Reporter Sport following the victory, Charlie said he was delighted to claim the title in what he described as a very tough encounter. “I did my homework on Chris so I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but overall I thought I held my own and came away with the title, which is what counts in the end.

“Extending my winning run to 12 fights is also a massive bonus and I’m really confident that I can maintain these performances against whoever I come across in the future.”

Prior to the fight, Charlie said training had been horrible and he hadn’t enjoyed it one little bit.

However, he says the sacrifice and hard work was well worth it when he lifted the belt on fight night. “It was a great feeling to lift that title in front of my family and friends” said Charlie.

“Training in the lead up to the fight was absolutely brutal, but the rewards and buzz of winning make every bit of pain worth it.

“I’m enjoying a little bit of rest at the moment, but I can’t wait to return to training and prepare for my next fight.”

You can keep up-to-date with all the latest developments from Team Schofield at: @Chaz_Schofield

kane (right) with Ant Crolla

Elsewhere, Droylsden’s Kane Gardner made it two wins from two on the same bill.

After beating Youssef Al Hamidi on his debut at the start of September, Gardner recorded another victory, this time against the vastly experienced Kristian Laight.

Following the fight, Gardner, 20, took to Facebook and said: “Firstly, shout out to each & every single person that came out last night – the support was madness yet again. Without you guys living my dream wouldn’t be possible so I couldn’t thank you all enough!

“We moved to 2-0 by displaying a dominant & explosive performance. That man (Laight) has been in the ring with hundreds of fighters, British champions & world champions & he told me I was one of the best he’s fought & no one has done what I did to him in a long time!

“So now its straight back to learning, building & working. Hopefully I will be back out in my hometown in December so keep your eyes peeled for the fight date.”