Lomax cashes in at Prizefighter tournament
PUBLISHED: 16:11 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 October 2010
By LEN WHALEY MICHAEL LOMAX caused an upset by scooping the £25,000 winners cheque in the final of the Prizefighter Series at York Hall on Friday night and was quick to praise trainer Paul Cook for his surprise success. Lomax is the latest champion to e
By LEN WHALEY
MICHAEL LOMAX caused an upset by scooping the £25,000 winners' cheque in the final of the Prizefighter Series at York Hall on Friday night and was quick to praise trainer Paul Cook for his surprise success.
Lomax is the latest champion to emerge from former Bethnal Green fighter Cook's stable, which also includes world champion Nicky Cook, British and Commonwealth title-holder Kevin Mitchell and former European champion Colin Lynes.
"With Paul's training we are the best camp in London," beamed Lomax, clutching his trophy after scoring a split-decision victory against former European champion and hot tournament favourite Ted Bami.
Now Lomax hopes his success will set him up to bring more championship glory to the Cook's camp after his best performance since winning an ABA title during his days at Stepney's Broad Street boxing club.
The 30-year-old overcame a cut forehead in his opening bout at York Hall and also took a tight semi-final decision before facing Bami in the final showdown.
The 6ft tall Lomax took full control against Bami, who at 5ft 7in was the shortest fighter in the competition, flooring the Brixton man in the first minute of their three-round contest.
Bami tried gamely to turn the tide but Lomax maintained his advantage and looked the more confident when the final bell sounded.
He had reason to smile, with the judges scoring the fight 30-27 and 29-28 in his favour, despite a third official scoring 29-28 for Bami.
"I said from the beginning I was going to win," Lomax said. "I wasn't being arrogant or vain but I proved my point in the ring.
"I was just waiting for the opportunity and I proved it tonight."
Lomax had suffered the cut forehead in his quarter-final against Craig Dickson, but went on to floor his opponent and take a points decision.
He then came up against late entry Nigel Wright in a closely fought semi-final.
Wright had progressed from arguably the toughest of the quarter-finals with a points win over TKO gym fighter Ross Minter.
Yet Lomax landed the cleaner shots against Hartlepool fighter Wright and progressed on a split decision.