LITTLE Lever boxer Danny Watson extended his winning record as a professional to seven straight victories at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday night, but admitted he made life difficult for himself.
The 32-year-old, who now lives in Bromley Cross, beat Lance Sheehan of Aberdare, South Wales, 59-56 on points after six closely-contested rounds.
And while happy to win, he conceded he was not entirely satisfied with his display.
He told The Bolton News: “It was a tough fight – he made it that way, but I made life hard for myself at times. I am happy to win again though.”
Watson, boxing at his more natural welterweight level, had been scheduled to fight St Helens’ Gary Ormrod before a change of opponent to Sheehan.
But with fantastic vocal home support from a packed crowd, he began on the front foot, penning his 27-year-old opponent on the ropes in the first round.
It was a more even contest in the second round as Sheehan showed why he won his first five professional fights.
In the third, Watson cornered Sheehan again and then connected with some good left-handers in the fourth.
The fifth was a tricky one for the Bolton man, who had to duck and dive to avoid successive shots before a good comeback to trouble Sheehan. Both fighters landed good shots in the final round but referee Mark Lyson handed the victory to Watson.
Elsewhere on the bill, there was a third victory from three for Leigh’s Ashley Peyton against Birmingham’s Sid Razak.
The light-welterweight contest saw the 25-year-old win 60-54 after six two-minute rounds. A change to the bill meant Atherton’s Craig Boardman did not fight.