Luke Blackledge has his sights set on some big fights in 2015 after successfully defending his WBC belt at King George’s Hall on Saturday night.
The silver super-middleweight champion proudly wore his Rovers shirt to the ring, before comfortably defeating Konstantin Alexandrov on points in front of a lively East Lancashire crowd.
The 24-year-old won all eight rounds against the Bulgarian bruiser, who only stepped in at the last minute after his scheduled opponent pulled out just two days before the bout.
Luke is now targeting a Commonwealth or British title and was delighted to make it a ‘Blackburn double’ following Rovers’ 2-1 victory over Leeds United earlier in the day.
“Fair play, Rovers performed today and I got a good victory as well, so brilliant,” said Luke after his fight.
“Walking out in my Rovers shirt was unbelievable, but I was a bit devastated because the Boxing Board of Control said I couldn’t actually go in the ring with my top on, otherwise I’d get fined.
“Thanks to everyone who came to support me, I appreciate it and I wouldn’t be here without you all. And I want to thank Rob Gill at Blackburn Rovers, he got me out onto the pitch at Ewood and down to the training ground to meet the players, which was amazing.”
Speaking about his polished performance against the Bulgarian boxer, Luke added: “I did an eight-week training camp for this and my opponent pulled out at the last minute, so it’s been a nightmare, but I got through it and got the win.
“I got a good eight rounds under my belt. I’ve got to give him some credit, he took it at two days’ notice, so fair play to him. At least I got the rounds in. I’m going to have Christmas off now and I’m looking for some big fights in the New Year.”