Toms blasts away Weise to regain title

Northolt’s Ryan Toms regained the southern area light-middleweight title with a second-round demolition of Nathan Weise at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.

The pair drew when they last met, but the rematch was a totally one-sided affair, with Toms taking control from the start.

He staggered Weise with a thumping left hand in the first round and floored him with a follow-up left.

Toms bundled his disorientated opponent back to the canvas for another count seconds before the bell – and there was no reprieve for Weise in the following round.

Another barrage of punches sent him to the floor for a third time and when Toms then trapped Weise on the ropes and landed with more hurtful shots, the beaten man appeared to give up the fight before the referee stepped in.

It meant Toms won back the belt he held before suffering a first-round knockout at the same venue against fellow West Londoner Steve O’Meara, who went on to also blast away Weise in the first round before vacating the title.

Toms’ victory puts him in the frame for a possible rematch with O’Meara or even a shot at the British title.

“That was me back to my best – I wanted to take control right from the start,” Toms told West London Sport.

“I took the confidence out of him – that’s what happens when you get hit with shots like that – and I thought he showed a lot of heart to carry on when really I thought it should have been over.

“I really feel I’m ready to step up a level now. You saw tonight what I can do and now I want to push on.”

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