QUEENSBERRY Promotions launch their new season at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday night (September 14) when Brad Foster makes a voluntary defence of his British super-bantamweight title against Lucien Reid. It’s been quite a year for Foster, a 21-year-old from Lichfield, a picturesque cathedral city in South Staffordshire. Previously unknown outside the gyms and Midlands small halls, the former kickboxer announced himself in March by outboxing veteran Josh Wale for the vacant British title.
Ten weeks later, Foster, trained by his father Martin, added Ash Lane’s Commonwealth strap with a 12th round stoppage in Stevenage after joining Queensberry.
Foster scored a first-round knockdown with a well-disguised right hand and though he rather took his foot off the gas in the middle rounds and neglected his jab, Brad always looked comfortable and whenever it seemed Lane might be getting into it, he found a big punch to get him back under control.The seasoned Lane, down again in the 12th before the finish, was impressed.