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Adamu beats Carl Dilks to win Commonwealth title

Carl Dilks
Dilks suffered the second defeat of his professional career

Ghana's Charles Adamu earned a split decision victory over Liverpool's Carl Dilks to win the vacant Commonwealth super-middleweight title on Friday.

Dilks, 26, suffered the second loss of his 15-fight professional career with the judges scoring the fight 116-113, 113-115 and 115-114 in favour of Adamu.

Adamu, 32, who took his record to 17 victories and four defeats.

"I'm only 26 and I can still come again and hopefully try to get a rematch and set the record straight," said Dilks.

Dilks, with a reach advantage, largely stuck behind his jab throughout the fight but Adamu's all-action style ultimately caught the judges eye.

In the last round, I thought I'd done just enough to win it

Carl Dilks

"In the last round, I thought I'd done just enough to win it," said Dilks. "I thought it was very close going into the last minute - we needed a big round.

"I think I boxed the right fight. Maybe I should have been moving my head a little bit more but I've only had three-and-a-half weeks notice and I've done 12 rounds."


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