LUKE Blackledge has set his sights on a national title after coming through his toughest test unscathed.
The 21-year-old from Clitheroe maintained his unbeaten record with a classy unanimous points victory over Phill Fury – the cousin of British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson.
Blackledge, who is a member of Kokoro Boxing in Accrington, was fighting on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s first defence of his Commonwealth title against Canadian Neven Pajkic at Event City in Trafford Park.
Blackledge, who has now won all six of his fights, controlled the bout – cutting Fury in the sixth and final round – but admitted it was a war.
“He is a very good fighter, the best I have been in with,” said Blackledge. “It was a real war, he hit me hard but I hit him even harder.
“It is definitely the best win of my career so far.”
Blackledge is planning on returning to the ring on a show at Colne Muni in three weeks time – but is looking further afield and a shot at a English Masters title.
He added: “I am young and I have only fought six times so have plenty of time on my side.
“But my aim is to build up towards fighting for a Masters title and take it from there.”
Blackledge only took the fight at two weeks notice but thanked coach Jason Curtis for getting him fighting fit.
“I do look after myself but Jason has been a great help. We have worked very hard to make sure I was ready for it.”