Keighley profession boxer Peter Judson made a gallant, but unsuccessful bid to win the British Super-Featherweight title at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday night.

After 12 tough rounds he was beaten on points by the defending champion Charlie Shepherd of Carlisle, who now wins the coveted Lonsdale Belt outright.

Judson, a former member of Keighley Amateur Boxing Club, had to work hard to get his weight down to the 9stons 4lbs limit and the extra few pounds could have drained him just an ounce too much, for despite displaying outstanding resilience and bravery he appeared to lack just a degree of his former zip and snappiness for the greatest contest of his life.

Judson made a bright start and probably just shaded the first round.

Judson had some impressive moments, particularly in round seven when at long last it appeared that that the tide was turning. He caught the champion with a series of uppercuts and set up soem lively looking counter-attacks.

Too often though having stopped Shepherd in his tracks Judson could not follow up and claim the title he had dreamed of.

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