Dean Pithie could not disguise his delight last night after he resurrected his career with
a quick-fire victory over South African Andrew Matabola.
The 25-year-old secured the World Boxing Councils International
Super-featherweight bout when the referee stopped Matabola in the dying stages of round
The win was all the sweeter owing to the fact that the Coventry man had lost to the
same opponent, at the same venue just five months ago.
And although this victory now opens several boxing doors for Pithie, he is just content
to revel in the glory for the time being.
"I am completely overwhelmed at the moment. I cant believe it to tell you
the truth. I just went into the ring and my game plan went perfectly.
"I didnt think I was going to take him out as quickly as I did, I knew I was
capable of knocking him out but not that quickly."
And talking about the moment when he knew the fight was his, Pithie described the punch
that left his South African opponent floundering.
"I hit him with a right and a left hook, and I knew when I caught him with the
left hook that it was all over.
"I looked over in the corner and saw Spencer (Oliver) telling me to go at him and
go and finish it, and that is what I did."
Last nights fight was part of a Sky TV programme which was held at the Coventry
Sports Centre and saw five boxers in total from the city competing.
Incredibly all won their bouts including light-heavyweight Neil Simpson who was
victorious in a title eliminator against Hulls Tony Booth and will now clash with
British champion Clinton Woods.
The other Coventry successes were brothers Mark and Gareth Payne (Featherweight and
Bantamweight respectively), and super-middleweight Jimmy Twite.