Tom Little stopped short in pursuit of English heavyweight title by Daniel Dubois

PUBLISHED: 09:19 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:21 25 June 2018

Daniel Dubois (right) and Tom Little during the English Heavy Weight Championship Contest at The O2, London. Picture: CHRIS RADBURN/PA

Daniel Dubois (right) and Tom Little during the English Heavy Weight Championship Contest at The O2, London. Picture: CHRIS RADBURN/PA

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Tom Little’s hopes of clinching the English heavyweight title ended in a flurry of punches to Daniel Dubois.

Daniel Dubois (left) knocks down Tom Little during the English Heavy Weight Championship Contest at The O2, London. Picture: CHRIS RADBURN/PADaniel Dubois (left) knocks down Tom Little during the English Heavy Weight Championship Contest at The O2, London. Picture: CHRIS RADBURN/PA

The Hatfield man had called the bout at London’s O2 Arena against one of boxing’s wonderkids his “golden ticket” but there was to be no sweet outcome as Dubois lived up to his Dynamite nickname.

Little struggled to get much in the way of offence in although one stinging right-hand in the second round kept his opponent honest.

And the 30-year-old was on the floor in the fourth round after a thunderous bodyshot left him doubled up.

He got back up quickly but one round later, amid a flurry of body shots, referee Terry O’Connor waved the fight off.

Daniel Dubois (left) and Tom Little during the English Heavy Weight Championship Contest at The O2, London. Picture: CHRIS RADBURN/PADaniel Dubois (left) and Tom Little during the English Heavy Weight Championship Contest at The O2, London. Picture: CHRIS RADBURN/PA

Speaking to BT Sport, the unbeaten 20-year-old Dubois said: “I had to be patient with the guy because he knew how to take care of himself.

“I just had to keep the pressure on him and maintain my composure and get the job done professionally.”

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