Arrowsmith battles pain to win third fight

Reuben Arrowsmith. Picture courtesy of Rob Ellis/Hatton Promotions
Reuben Arrowsmith. Picture courtesy of Rob Ellis/Hatton Promotions

Market Harborough teenager Reuben Arrowsmith fought through the pain barrier to extend his unbeaten record in Walsall.

The Ricky Hatton-trained prospect made it three wins out of three by outpointing tough-as-old-boots journeyman William Warburton over four rounds at the Banks’s Stadium.

Arrowsmith won every round on referee Sean Messer’s scorecard, but for the last two rounds of the light-middleweight fight, he boxed mostly as a southpaw after hurting his right hand.

Arrowsmith, boxing just 13 days after a points win over Victor Edagha, said: “This was a good learning fight for me.

“I hurt my right hand in the second round, but Ricky told me what to do and I got through against a tough journeyman who came to win.”

“I thought it was a very good performance.

“I wanted a testing fight against an opponent who would come to fight - and that’s what I got.”

Warburton is one of the better journeymen on the circuit and was a step up from Arrowsmith’s previous two opponents.

The 112-fight record shows Warburton has upset several prospects and when he loses, the Lancastrian is usually competitive.

Arrowsmith kept him under control throughout - and Warburton was full of praise for the 19 year-old talent afterwards.

The 28 year old said: “Skill wise, Reuben is better than a lot of the prospects out there. He’s quick, big for the weight and has a good style. There wasn’t a lot behind his punches, but Reuben is still young and that will come with time. It’s hard to tell how far Reuben will go, but he’s a good prospect.”

Arrowsmith has his next fight pencilled in for the Banks’s Stadium on Friday, February 19.