Sport

Euro champ Jason Curtis hangs up his gloves

Accrington's Jason Curtis is the EBF Super middleweight boxing champion after winning the title outright – and then he promptly hung up his gloves.

Jason Curtis

Accrington's Jason Curtis is the EBF Super middleweight boxing champion after winning the title outright – and then he promptly hung up his gloves.

The 40-year-old overcame Dione Galea in his country, Malta on Friday in a European title re-match to clinch the 10th title of his successful boxing and kickboxing career.

"I had an excellent performance on Friday, certainly one of my best," said the father-of-six, whose original fight with Galea in July was declared a draw in the ring before Curtis got a split decision after – although he never felt he had properly won the semi-professional crown.

Curtis admitted: "I started the six-round fight fast and strong, probably something he didn’t expect after my last performance.

"He was explosive too so it was making for a good fight.

"In the second round I caught him with two right shots followed by various body head combinations forcing the referee to step in and give Dione a standing eight-count in the last 10 seconds.

"The third started fast too, he was trying to put me out with a swinging overhand right punch.

"It was always going to be a tough fight for the both of us as we have a similar attacking style.

"I saw my opportunity from underneath his swinging shot and caught him clean on the chin with a sweet left hook that, with the best will in the world, he could not get up from."

Galea did need 10 minutes with the medical team and Curtis admitted it was hard.

"Luckily he managed to get to recover and was a gracious loser and commended me for my performance.

"I was at my best mentally and physically and that is the way I’d like to be remembered so it’s time to hang my gloves up and focus on the many young talents we have in our gym.

"I am EBF European Supermiddle weight champion now and won the British middleweight title in March this year and the British light-middleweight title two years ago.

"I am ranked number one and have had 15 fights undefeated with 11 knock-outs to my record.

"I still feel great but it’s getting harder and harder to fit training in so it is good to stop on a high!"

Before he took up boxing, Curtis had stole the headlines as a kickboxer.

"My kickboxing experience was sort of an apprenticeship to becoming a good boxer-fighter.

"I had 27 pro contests as a kickboxer with 20 wins including two area titles, three English titles and two British.

"I fought five world champions and achieved 10 knock outs in my kickboxing career.

"I’d like to thank everyone who has helped and supported me over the years, especially my wife Alison."

Also on the Maltese bill from Kokoro – based on Dale Street – was Junior Roberts, who was boxing Maltese Justin Grech and won unanimously.

"He is one to watch for the future," said coach Curtis.

Kokoro’s Raja Afzal lost a narrow points decision against Maltese Lyndon Beqqu.