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Boxer Craig Brewin felt he had produced one of the best performances of his career after extending his unbeaten professional record on Saturday night.

The 28-year-old from Wittering - who had more than 30 amateur fights before turning professional - made it two wins from two bouts in the paid ranks after defeating tough Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston.

Brewin was given a stern test by Italian-based Sovtus before gaining the verdict on a points decision as he shrugged off the effects of a shoulder injury that had hampered his training camp before the fight.

Craig Brewin was victorious against Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston. Photo: Dexter Hastings (57469345)
Craig Brewin was victorious against Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston. Photo: Dexter Hastings (57469345)

He said: "It was a very hard fight and Mykhailo had definitely come to win.

"He was a tough fighter who is ranked eighth in the Ukraine and he reminded me a bit of someone like Mike Tyson.

"He was small but very strong with big muscles and he came forward throwing hundreds of shots trying to knock my head off.

Craig Brewin was victorious against Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston. Photo: Dexter Hastings (57469343)
Craig Brewin was victorious against Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston. Photo: Dexter Hastings (57469343)

"I tried to trade with him a little bit and hoped to catch him with a few shots to try and knock him out but he wasn't going anywhere.

"I had to be clever and box on the back foot quite a bit to keep him long which I think was what won me the fight.

"I would say that it was probably the best I have ever fought though considering I had a shoulder injury five weeks ago.

"I didn't have any sparring for five weeks and, for two weeks of my fight camp, I couldn't even punch with my left arm.

"I was a bit wary of that so, when you take everything into consideration, I was really pleased with my performance which is brilliant."

Sovtus had taken the fight at short notice after three previous opponents had pulled out of the show.

Craig Brewin was victorious against Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston. Photo: Dexter Hastings (57469341)
Craig Brewin was victorious against Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston. Photo: Dexter Hastings (57469341)

Brewin admitted it had been a risk for him to take on the Ukrainian but his victory has elevated him up the UK rankings from 121st to 69th place.

He added: "This was my fourth change of opponent for various reasons so it was fantastic of Mykhailo to fly over from Italy and he had definitely come here to knock my block off.

"I watched some videos of him on YouTube and he looked very good. I was a bit cautious because he was capable of causing me some problems.

"I expected him to come rushing in with loads of shots, but he was a lot of faster and stronger than I expected.

"It was a very good, hard, experienced fight for me and a lot of up-and-coming fighters probably wouldn't have taken a fight like that to begin with.

"It was a risky fight to take for my second professional bout, but they don't always come up too often and it was a good opportunity for me.

Craig Brewin was victorious against Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston. Photo: Dexter Hastings (57469339)
Craig Brewin was victorious against Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston. Photo: Dexter Hastings (57469339)

"It was a good learning fight and I always had full confidence that I would win. I've jumped up a lot of places in the UK rankings as well which is brilliant.

"People will look at the rankings and see that I'm 69th after just two professional fights so will know that I've fought someone decent so it was great for everything."

Brewin was also full of praise for his travelling support which helped create a raucous atmosphere at the Birmingham-based venue.

He enthused: "It was brilliant and my fans were the loudest out of everyone on the night.

"They came up with a really catchy chant which sounded fantastic and the support was absolutely brilliant.

"I couldn't have asked for any more. It was a great atmposphere and hopefully there will be even more support at my next fight."

Craig Brewin was victorious against Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston. Photo: Dexter Hastings (57469347)
Craig Brewin was victorious against Ukrainian fighter Mykhailo Sovtus at the H Suite in Edgaston. Photo: Dexter Hastings (57469347)

Brewin is now set for a couple of week's break from his training with Phil Wilson at the Boxing Shed in Little Oakley.

His promoter Tommy Owens is looking at a possible September date for the next outing on his show at Villa Park.

Brewin commented: "I had trained so hard from January until now. I put my body through it so I will have two or three weeks off before I get right back into the training.

"There's nothing concrete yet in terms of fights but there are some dates to look forward to and, if I can get a couple more wins under my belt before the new year, then hopefully I'll be ready for title shots in the middle of next year because I want to progress fast."

Brewin is also looking for extra backing and anyone interested in sponsoring him can email craigcbrewin@yahoo.co.uk

He would like to thank Unleashed Bulliez, Custom Lawn Care, Owatroluk, Re+, J Wilson Plumbing, TR Scaffolding and the Boxing Shed for their support.



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