Meshech Speare went the full six round distance, with Kane Baker taking the victory via points decision.
A Liverpool based fighter who appeared on the Ritson vs Vazquez card has lost a fight for the first time in his professional career. Meshech “Mr Notorious” Speare, also known as ‘Shack’, fought with two days’ notice.
Fighting on short notice
He took on Kane Baker in Peterborough at the East of England Arena but was unable to earn a decision victory against Kane Baker; who had only fought two weeks previously.
The super featherweights three-year unbeaten streak, which began under the tutelage of Tony Bellew, ended after the 24-year-old looked to run out of gas after the fourth round.
Bellew pushed for the fight to be added to the Ritson card, vouching for Speare even with two days until the event.
"Couldn't get an opportunity, but me and my mouth have got him one!" 😂
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) October 15, 2020
From Merseyside to the Midlands
Toxteth born Speare made his debut back in 2017, collecting five victories ahead of his first bout away from the North West. With a 50% KO record, Speare looked to be the favourite in the fight prediction. However Baker, a 30-year-old with 14 wins under his belt, controlled the fight. He used his hard work, awkward fighting style and superior experience to earn the win.
Baker had only fought two weeks previously. He lost to Aqib Fiaz in Milton Keynes. However, Eddie Hearn in typical Matchroom Boxing fashion was eager to organise another fight for Baker who reignited his career with a solid performance on the night.
The West Midlands man was magnanimous in victory saying: “I feel ecstatic, I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.”
When boxing rewards the good guys ✨
An emotional Kane Baker says he's made a dream come true by winning tonight 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/fCSKwMnVAx
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) October 17, 2020
Fighting with Pride
On a card that caused so much controversy regarding the main event, it was refreshing to see two fighters who clearly respect one another throw everything at it.The Merseyside fighter walks away obviously disappointed but motivated to come back stronger.