Boxing: Sheffield-Dronfield title derby is on after Jez comes through warm-up

Jez Wilson celebrates with his team last night

Jez Wilson celebrates with his team last night

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Sheffield middleweight Jez Wilson came through his first fight in 17 months last night to set up an intriguing local derby and title fight with Dronfield's Lewis Taylor.

Wilson, 36, outpointed Bath-born journeyman Dan Blackwell at Barnsley Metrodome over six rounds.

Wilson on the pads with John Fewkes

Wilson on the pads with John Fewkes

The modest win moves the Crosspool fireman to 12 wins, two losses and a draw.

he said it had been a "very good" tune-up.

And it will have given him confidence and breaking his jaw in his previous fight against John Ryder.

But more signficantly, it aided his preparation for the attack on 25-year-old Taylor's English championship belt, on November 21, at the Magna Centre, Rotherham.

In the bout of the night, Barnsley's Ben Wager was beaten over ten rounds by Kofi Yates, for the Central Area super lightweight title.

Tony Cruise beat Carl Dilks at cruiserweight, Zahid Hussain beat Jamie Quinn (super feather) Joss Paul beat Istvan Orsos (cruiser) Lee Gibbons beat Ali Wyatt (welter) and Ryan Hardy beat Paul O'Brien (super welter.)