Search

Barker set for the top after Canada win

PUBLISHED: 11:06 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:33 05 October 2010

By LEN WHALEY DARREN Barker continued his victory march on the other side of the Atlantic on Friday night with a performance to suggest he will soon be challenging for top honours. Former Repton amateur star Barker, the undefeated British Commonwealth

By LEN WHALEY

DARREN Barker continued his victory march on the other side of the Atlantic on Friday night with a

performance to suggest he will soon be challenging for top honours.

Former Repton amateur star Barker, the undefeated British Commonwealth middleweight champion, made it 18 straight victories at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Alberta, Canada.

His latest triumph was a unanimous points decision over brave Canadian veteran Larry Sharpe in the 10-round top-of-the-bill tussle.

It was a dominant display from Barker and there were no complaints from the defeated Sharpe, who had earlier suggested that his 26-year-old rival had made a mistake by leaving his home surroundings.

"Darren is a much better boxer than me - I just couldn't cope with his movement and his hand speed," admitted local favourite Sharpe, who suffered his fifth defeat in 27 contests.

"I tried to cut off the ring and make him come straight in on me, but Barker is smart. He slides very well to the side and punches hard with both hands. He'll go far."

Barker was pleased with a performance which he described afterwards as "workmanlike" - and had words of praise for Sharpe, who had gone into the meeting on a six-fight winning streak.

"He was the perfect guy for me to fight in my North American debut," said Barker.

"Larry was very tough, very awkward, so I was actually quite pleased we went the distance."

"I learned a ton of things tonight that will stand me in good stead as I move up the ladder."

Classy Barker piled up the points with an effective long-range jab which punished his rival in every round.

Sharpe showed his durability, soaking up the shots and solid hooks when the exchanges moved to close-quarters.

He also tried hard to shake Barker's dominance but was credited with winning just two rounds on the 8-2 official scorecard.

Barker's trainer Tony Sims was satisfied with the outcome. He said: "On a scale of one to 10, I'd say this was about an 8.5.

"We wanted to get rounds in the bank and we wanted to see how we'd fare against a tough, awkward southpaw, and Sharpe fit the bill exactly.

"Darren didn't miss many punches, and he came out ahead every time they mixed it up inside. All in all, it was just what we were looking for.

Latest East London Sports News

09:57

Leyton Orient interim head coach Ross Embleton dubbed their 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic as 'one of the worst games of football' he's ever seen.

08:06

London Lions kicked off their BBL Championship title defence in front of a packed Copper Box Arena on Sunday with a comprehensive victory over the Radisson Red Glasgow Rocks.

Yesterday, 19:39

Niamh Charles's goal gave Liverpool a valuable point after coming back from a goal down against West Ham United.

Yesterday, 11:51

Sporting Bengal United and Clapton had to settle for a share of the spoils while Woodford Town suffered defeat to Hashtag United and Redbridge had their match called off.

Yesterday, 09:45

Spanish playmaker Pablo Fornals admits West Ham have yet to see the best of him.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Leyton Orient battled to a hard-earned point against Oldham at Boundary Park on Saturday.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Matt Withers is joined by Dave Evans, Jacob Ranson and Sports Editor Lee Power for another East London Football Podcast.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Leyton Orient interim head coach Ross Embleton is facing a selection headache for trip to Oldham Athletic after impressive performance in Bristol Rovers Leasing.com Trophy defeat.

PROMOTED CONTENT

It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists