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BOXING: Miller just too strong for Roberts
12:00pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
Bicester welterweight Ant-hony Miller was in impressive form as he saw off Shawn Roberts after a hard-fought battle at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre.
Miller was making his second appearance under the club’s banner after losing a tight decision on his debut at the Oxford Fight Night in May.
He had a slight height advantage over the muscular Aylesbury fighter who came into the contest five pounds heavier than his opponent.
Miller worked neatly beh-ind his jab, keeping the home fighter at bay in the first round.
After finding his range with the jab, he started to let his powerful right cross go. Miller caught Roberts with a good punch with seconds to go that seemed to hurt his opponent.
Miller started to show more aggression by the second round and landed some good hooks to the body.
The Bicester fighter was pushing his opponent backwards and landing clusters of punches to both body and head.
Roberts, who was now bleeding from the nose, was visibly shaken up by a right uppercut that Miller had thrown with real precision.
Miller knew his opponent would come out looking for a knockout as the bell signalled the start of the third and final round, and spent the first half of the round keeping himself out of trouble with his superior jab.
As Roberts came forward, Miller was able to pick him off with neat combinations as he finished the stronger to take a well-earned 30-27 unanimous points decision.
“I knew this was a going to be a tough contest,” said Miller. “But I prepared well and did everything I was asked to by my coaching team.
"I was keen to pick up a victory here after missing out on my debut.
“I will be straight back to the gym now to build on my performance.”