Isaac Lowe says he recovered from the “worst day of his life” to win his first professional title on Saturday night.
The Westgate Warrior found out late on Thursday he wouldn’t be fighting for the vacant English featherweight title as planned after opponent Lee Glover failed to make weight and pulled out of the contest.
Promoter Steve Wood ensured the unbeaten 21-year-old still got his hands on some gold however with a hastily arranged clash against Jamie Quinn for the International Masters Bronze Featherweight title at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn.
Lowe, roared on by a vocal following for Lancaster and Morecambe, controlled eight competitive rounds to have his hand raised in victory 78-75 on referee Mark Lyson’s card as he extended his unblemished professional record to 10-0.
The former Lancaster Boxing Academy fighter said: “I’m feeling good, especially after what happened on Friday.
“It was the worst day of my life.
“I was so down. I was put through hell in a training camp, dedicated everything to it only for some idiot who can’t be bothered making the weight to pull out.
“It’s boxing and it’s something I’ve got to learn to take on the chin.
“Thanks to Steve Wood who did marvellous to get me a late fight for this belt.
“I’m over the moon to get it after everything that’s happened.”
I’m feeling good, especially after what happened on Friday. It was the worst day of my life.Isaac Lowe
Stockport’s Quinn had only won one of 11 entering the contest but proved a more than capable foe for the Morecambe man who was supported by good friend Tyson Fury and Morecambe FC’s Jim Bentley and Ken McKenna on the night.
Lowe said: “I thought I was going to knock him out to be honest.
“When he came in late I didn’t think he was going to be as fit as he was or handle the pressure I put on.
“But he was a true pro who kept himself in shape not like Lee Glover.
“He was ready to fight and gave me eight hard rounds.
“But I thought I was comfortable all the way through.”
Lowe now hopes to fight for the English title within the next couple of months as he targets bigger prizes down the line.
He said: “This is the first of many (titles).
“I’m going to be out again by the end of May or June, I’m still mandatory for the English title so no-one can fight for that without going through me.
“I’m going to go and have a nice break now, a week off, and then I’ll be straight back in the gym.
“There’ll be no light work, I’m focused and know I’ve got big fights ahead of me.
“I want that English, then the Commonwealth, anything really. I want them all.
“I believe I’m the best out there and I’ve only had 10 fights.”
Lowe wanted to thank his sponsors and everyone who came out to support him including Bentley and McKenna,