Edinburgh boxer Kenny Anderson finally achieved his goal of becoming British super-middleweight champion after defeating Robin Reid on Saturday, writes NEIL McGLADE.
The 29-year-old secured the title against his English opponent and former world champion after claiming victory inside five rounds at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.
Anderson had been expected to fight former champion George Groves for the title earlier this year, but Groves pulled out due to injury.
However, Groves’ misfortune proved to be Anderson’s gain as he went on to see off Reid in the biggest fight of his career to date.
It was Reid, 41, who looked the more commanding in the opening rounds, landing the better punches of the two despite his attempts to continuously hold onto the frame of Anderson.
However, Anderson began to find his rhythm, particularly in the fourth round when a powerful uppercut appeared to unnerve Reid, and the Capital fighter was able to take advantage. With Anderson beginning to dominate proceedings with a series of crisp blows in the fifth, Reid began to look increasingly vulnerable and it came as no surprise when referee Ian John Lewis brought the contest to a halt, sparking jubilation in the Anderson camp.