Victorious Daws must play the waiting game for another title shot

Croydon Guardian: Keeping busy: Lenny Daws takes on, and beats, journeyman Arek Malek over eight rounds on Saturday night              All pictures: Lenny Daws Keeping busy: Lenny Daws takes on, and beats, journeyman Arek Malek over eight rounds on Saturday night All pictures: Lenny Daws

Morden’s Lenny "Lightning" Daws has admitted he will have to wait a bit longer before landing another title shot.

The 35-year-old light-welterweight completed another "keep busy" fight on Saturday night at Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading - comfortably outpointing Polish journeyman Arek Malek 80-72 over eight rounds.

However, it seems Daws has been shunted out of the championship level scene since losing controversially to European title holder Michele Di Rocco last June in Brindisi, Italy.

Former British champion Darren Hamilton (who recently lost his title to Curtis Woodhouse) and Spain’s EBU ruler Ruben Nieto both turned down offers to face the south Londoner.

Daws will now meet his promoter Mick Hennessy to discuss about his future title opportunities.

Daws said: “You need to keep busy and it’s very hard to make fights. The names we’ve been picking they didn’t fancy it, so I take my hat off to these journeymen such as Arek, who do take it and want to get in there with me.

Croydon Guardian:

Getting on top: Lenny Daws beat the Pole comfortably on a points decision

"They give me the rounds I need when championship level comes."

He added: “I need to sit down with my promoter Mick [Hennessy] to see what he can do now and what’s the best route for me.

“I’ve showed what level I’m at when I fought for the European title and I hope something like that will come around the corner again.

“I’m still young, fresh, fighting at 35 and more hungrier after coming off the European title. I’m at that level now so I want to get out there and show what I can do.”

On his win over Malek, Daws, who has also held the Southern and EBU belts during his 11 year professional career, said: “It was a good eight round for me to get into the bank and that’s what you need in this game.

"You need to get rounds in when it comes to coping with the twelve’s, it’s a walk in the park really.

“What we’ve been working on in the gym, we’ve just put it all into practise there, everything went to plan well.

“It’s hard to get these tough journeymen out of there but you’re not really gaining anything from getting them out in one or two rounds so it’s good to get the rounds in.”

Croydon Guardian:

Thank you and good night: Lenny Daws takes the win

 

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