Liam Cameron’s Commonwealth title dream was dashed after being edged out in an enthralling battle with new champion Luke Blackledge.
At Blackburn’s King George Hall, it was hometown fighter Blackledge who took a unanimous points decision to claim the vacant super middleweight title from what was a highly competitive 12 round clash.
While never totally bossed out of the fight, Manor Park’s Cameron appeared to know he had not done enough to win his first professional title. The 24-year-old raised Blackledge’s arm at the final bell and tweeted afterwards: “Thankyou everyone who come am heartbroke no excuses @LukeBlackledge fought a good fight best man won on the night #gutted.”
Cameron showed some slick skills throughout the fight, catching Blackledge with some superb shots.
But it was Blackledge’s superior workrate that proved the difference between the two men.
This was particularly so in the early rounds when the Lancastrian certainly had the edge and by the midpoint of the fight had opened up a gap that would prove decisive come the final bell.
There was enough doubt of where the judges’ minds would sit heading into the championship rounds for both men to chase them on the scorecard.
So it was somewhat surprising when judge Michael Alexander awarded the bout to Blackledge by 117-112. Mark Lyson scored 115-114 while Howard Foster gave it 116-113 to new king Blackledge, who claimed the title at the second attempt following a previous defeat to Rocky Fielding.
For Cameron, there is another slight rebuilding process ahead but he does so with a reputation only boosted by his latest performance.