Trinity ABC captain Russ Henshaw has added the Uni Box Central Elite super heavyweight belt to his long list of achievements after an outstanding display against reigning champion Karolis Baubkus of Kettering in Surrey on Saturday.
Henshaw moved up from heavyweight to super heavyweight to take on the East Midland ABA finalist and used ring craft and sharp movement to out-box and out-fight the tough champion from Northamptonshire.
The big crowd in Evesham enjoyed a lively encounter between the two big men but the Trinity star was always in control of the threat from his bigger opponent.
Henshaw used his left jab to pick up points in this open class bout over three, three minute rounds and was the first Trinity boxer to compete under the new International Boxing Association rules that require open class boxers to compete with out the use of head guards.
Henshaw met Baubkus with powerful punches and moved in and out of range to evade the punches coming back in his direction.
The Ilkeston man grew in confidence in the knowledge that he was landing hurtful punches on the fighter who out-weighed him by over 7kg, indeed a solid right to the side of the head midway through the first round rocked Baubkus.
Henshaw controlled the fight throughout and in the second round a solid combination finished with a left hook forced a count on the strong man from Kettering.
Further big right hands kept Henshaw in control and solid left jabs on the move smacked back the head of the champion.
Baubkus was always eager to keep hold of his belt and came forward throughout the encounter but he was met each time by big punches as the Trinity star confidently scored on the move to take a clear and popular unanimous points decision and with it the coveted title belt.
This latest success adds another belt to the Trinity squad.
Jake Harrison already holds the Inter Uni Box belt and two Derbyshire challenge belts are held by Jamie Chatburn at light heavyweight and Haydon Clarke at light welterweight.