Bicester welterweight Daza Usher expressed his delight after claiming his fifth professional victory in five as he edged out light-middleweight Kevin McCauley by a single point at Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre on Saturday.
The 29-year-old produced the classier boxing, but found himself in a real battle against his gutsy Brighton rival in the KM Promotions’ show.
“It was a tough fight, arguably my toughest fight yet,” said Usher. “I struggled to find my range early on and I knew I had to be wary of his wild shots.
“He came to fight which was great and we went toe-to-toe a few times in there.
“I felt I was in control though and producing the classier work and I’m delighted to get another win and maintain my unbeaten record.”
Usher struggled to find his range in the opening round, with McCauley posing a danger on the counter.
Midway through the round, Usher got through McCauley’s defence with some decent right hands and good body shots.
Usher got caught by a couple of McCauley’s wild hooks, but his more calculated and accurate punches did enough to edge the first round.
McCauley continued to come forward in the second, but Usher used his jab well and landed good right and left hands.
Both boxers went toe-to-toe in the third round, Usher landing some good right and left hands, while McCauley continued to enjoy some success with his swinging hooks.
With the bout on a tightrope, Usher boxed well in the final round, while McCauley appeared to tire.
Usher stayed behind his jab and picked off McCauley on the counter when he was able.
At the final bell, Usher won the bout by 39 points to 38.
The win moves Usher a step closer to a title fight, which could be staged in Oxford.
Usher added: “The aim is still to get a title fight sometime soon and I’m desperate for that to be in Oxford for my fans.”