London, England - Isaac Chamberlain became the new British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight Champion, winning a dominant unanimous decision victory (119-111, 118-111, 118-111) against an undefeated champion in Mikael Lawal at the historic York Hall, Bethnal Green and live on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Showcase tonight. (photos by Lawrence Lustig)
The Brixton native commanded the fight for the whole 12 rounds, rendering a dangerous opponent in Lawal totally ineffectual in his attempts to turn the fight into an ugly brawl where Lawal’s savage power would make the difference. However, at both long range and close, Chamberlain showed his quality and intelligence to make the fight exactly what he wanted it to be.
Chamberlain established his jab successfully and managed the range of the fight from the very first bell, leaving Lawal unable to find the opportunity to effectively apply his knockout-power. Chamberlain also dominated the physical battle of the fight, pushing Lawal in the clinch and tiring Lawal out to sap him of his devastating power.
Lawal kept pushing until the final bell, growing into the fight in the final few rounds while many others would have given up after Chamberlain's total early dominance. However, Chamberlain perfectly managed the closing stages to take victory, not taking a single unnecessary risk at any moment of the 36 minutes of the fight.