Noble beaten by ‘Erick The Eagle’ in lack-lustre show

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Barnsley puncher Lee Noble, disappointed at dropping a points decision to Blackpool’s Brian Rose whilst contesting the vacant English light-middleweight title at Manchester in November, returned to the squared circle at Brentwood Centre on Saturday nights televised Frank Maloney promotion.

Facing him across the ring was Stoke Newington’s Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng who whilst having won all five previously, two inside the distance, was facing something of a step up in the quality of his opposition.

Whether the fact that he had to wait until the very last fight of the night, having arrived at the venue around five hours earlier, affected Lee’s performance is unkown but what is a certainty is that he offered little in a lacklustre six round contest, barely landing a punch of note in the whole 18 minutes, at the end of which the Ingle stabled fighter lost out, quite rightly, by a shut-out 60-54 score-line.

Top of the bill action saw Nottingham’s Jason Booth retain his British super-bantamweight title with a split decision victory over Welshman Jamie Arthur, a result that saw Booth also claim the Commonwealth title previously held by the man from Cwmbran.