King of Herts show: Shaun Cooper beats Boy Jones Jr to WBO youth lightweight championship

PUBLISHED: 19:32 18 May 2019 | UPDATED: 19:55 18 May 2019

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Shaun Cooper is the new WBO youth lightweight champion after a hard-fought majority decision win over Boy Jones Jr.

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

It had been an extremely close-run thing as proven by the judges' scorecards. Two gave him the win while the third scored the bout a draw.

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

And you couldn't argue with the draw either as both boxers gave everything they had.

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

Jones Jr was certainly not disgraced and for a good few rounds he was getting the more shots to land.

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

However, it was the ones that Cooper was landing that were causing more damage and that was what tipped the decision his way.

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

A good run through the middle of the fight saw the West Midlands man on top and a ninth round flurry tipped it his way once and for all.

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

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The decision was met by a yelp by Cooper who charged around the ring before sinking to his knees.

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

It was the reaction of a man who himself wasn't 100 per cent sure he had won, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt of the closeness of the contest.

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

Action from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOOAction from the fight between Boy Jones Jr and Shaun Cooper at the King Of Herts show in Stevenage. Picture: DANNY LOO

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