Isaac Lowe believes his show-stealing display in Leeds proves he belongs on the big stage.
Morecambe’s Westgate Warrior produced a near puch-perfect display to stop Jamie Speight and lift the English featherweight title at the First Direct Arena live on Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old answered any questions about stepping up in class as he controlled large parts of the fight against the more experienced Devon man before referee Howard Foster brought a halt to proceedings in the ninth round.
Lowe, who is now 11-0 (4 KOs) as a professional, said: “I said I thrive off the big occasion and I proved that on Saturday night. “I stole the show and though I dominated from round one to nine.
“Jamie Speight is a very, very tough guy.
“(Saturday night’s headliner) Josh Warrington couldn’t stop him and he’s fought some very tough kids.
“So to stop him in the way I did I think I made a big statement.”
Lowe, who had good friend Tyson Fury ringside on the night, dominated the opening rounds with his superior skills and speed before Southern Area champion Speight rallied in rounds four and five.
Morecambe’s rising star was always the classier operator however and after having his rhythm disrupted he took control once again.
Pacing the fight to perfection Lowe decisively broke through the Newton Abbot man’s defences in round nine with Foster stepping in one minute and 49 seconds into the session with Speight not responding to a barrage of punches.
There were jubilant scenes as the fight was waved off with Fury springing from his ringside seat to embrace his long-time friend.
Lowe said: “Since I started boxing when I was seven or eight I’ve been building up to something like that.
“It meant so much to me.
“It was the same for Tyson who knows all the work I’ve put in and you can see it in the pictures.”
The former Lancaster Boxing Academy fighter looks to have gained several admirers on the night.
The Sky team, including former super middleweight king Carl Froch, were glowing in their praise as the Morecambe prospect shined on his first appearance in front of the TV cameras.
Lowe said: “Carl Froch told me I’ve got a great future if I stick to my boxing.
“He liked the way I boxed and said I was a crowd pleaser.
“(Matchroom Boxing promoter) Eddie Hearn came up to me and said some nice things too.
“I think I did please the crowd. I’m not a boring fighter and if I’ve got world champions and other big names saying what they said then I must be doing something right.”
Lowe isn’t getting caught up in any hype though and was keen to praise his team.
The featherweight has spent most of his camp in Doncaster at the Freedom Boxing gym with Dave Hulley, James Harrington and Warrington’s trainer and dad Sean O’Hagan.
They were supported on the night by Lowe’s long-time trainer Bob Howard.
The Westgate Warrior said: “It’s all thanks to my team really.
“Dave, James, Sean, Bob and Steve (Wood, manager) have all been great to me.
“I couldn’t have done it without them.
“Steve got me the shot at the title on a big show and then they made sure I was in the best shape of my life.”
Now Wood, the head of Manchester-based VIP Promotions, looks set to try and navigate the Morecambe prospect towards a shot at the British title.
A couple of defences of his newly-won English crown are planned first with Lowe in no rush to race through the ranks.
He said: “Hopefully I’ll defend my English title two or three times and then look at the British title.
“I don’t want to rush anything because I’ve still only had 11 fights and I’ve got maturing to do.
“Once you move up to that level there’s no going back and I’ve got to make sure I’m ready.
“I’ve got to work on things and make sure everything is right.”
Lowe, who is set to take a couple of weeks holiday before building up to another big fight, became the first person born in the Lancaster and Morecambe area to fight for a national professional title in more than 30 years on Saturday night.
The Lancaster Lion Alan Lamb was the last, coming up short against Clinton McKenzie in a battle for the British super lightweight title back in 1983.
Now Morecambe FC fan Lowe wants to build up an army of fans from a district he represents with pride.
He said: “I’m the first in 30-odd years to do it.
“I hope people locally start supporting me and taking me seriously.
“I want to give something back to the town and the community.
“Fighters from other towns and cities are known for their big followings. Why can’t we do that in Lancaster and Morecambe?
“I want to represent the area. It means a lot to me.”