Video: Christopher Earns Eighth Straight Win

October 22, 2023 | 1 Comment

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Boxer Tyler Christopher earned a hard-fought points win over Connor Meanwell in the main event at the H Suite in Edgbaston, Birmingham, this weekend.

Christopher had to work for his eighth successive victory, with Meanwell, fittingly known as the “Pitbull”, barrelling forward throughout the four-round middleweight contest, which the referee awarded 39-37 in favour of the Bermudian.

Despite Christopher not being quite as dominant as usual, he was rarely troubled, taming Meanwell with his accurate and spiteful jab, causing swelling above his right eye.

The 27-year-old, returning to action after a six-month absence, told Bernews: “I didn’t feel like I performed to the best of my abilities. I don’t know if it was ring rust, but I got the win, which is the main thing.

“I had a great camp, great sparring, and my weight was on point. I need to stay more active, though.”

Although Meanwell [2-2] had moments of success, Christopher blunted his forays forward by using his superior reach to keep him at bay and landed by far the more eye-catching punches.

“I’ve faced fighters who like to come forward before; I managed to tie him up and waited for the referee to break us up – it was smart boxing,” the southpaw said.

“Fighting on the inside was his game, but I nullified him, picking him apart on the outside and catching him with several uppercuts.

“Things didn’t quite come off for me. I was a little hesitant. I got the job done, but I could have done better.”

Tyler Christopher Bermuda October 22 2023

Anthony Hull, who has coached Christopher since he moved to Birmingham four years ago, believes he came through a worthwhile examination against the no-nonsense Meanwell.

“Tyler’s being a little hard on himself,” said Hull, the head coach at the D&A Boxing School of Excellence in Stirchley, Birmingham.

“Connor came to fight, and they call him the ‘Pitbull’ for a reason. He keeps walking forward.

“I said to Tyler, ‘This is what you want. You don’t want to be dictating all of the time. It’s good to be under pressure.

“The days of facing journeymen are over for Tyler – he needs riskier fights. I’m happy with him. He’s grown inside and outside the ring over the past two years since turning pro.”

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  1. Lion Paw says:

    Good job Tyler. Continue chasing your goals

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