Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hunter Says He'll Be Back

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hunter Says He'll Be Back

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Byline: ByStuart Rayner

Michael Hunter was in philosophical mood after seeing guile outdo passion to end his world title dream.

The 28-year-old was knocked out one minute and 32 seconds into the fifth round of his IBF super bantamweight bout with Steve Molitor and afterwards admitted the Canadian Kid's maturity had held sway.

"He's been a world-class performer for four years," Hunter said. "A year ago I was only the British champion. I've come a long way in a short space of time."

Hunter took a blow to the top of the head from which he was unable to recover.

"He's just come up with a shot on the top of my head which shook me to my boots, I knew I couldn't go on," he said. "That's boxing. I thought I was really in it up to then."

Hunter's bid to become only the North-East's second world boxing champion was watched closely by the last man to achieve the feat, Glenn McCrory. And more importantly for the unbeaten super bantamweight, it was roared on by a raucous Hartlepool crowd anxious to see their hometown hero make history.

The jeers which greeted Molitor were nothing compared to the noise which accompanied Hunter's arrival into the Borough Hall bear pit.

Hunter and his team came appropiately dressed in combat fatigues, but when the first bell went he resisted the temptation to go for broke from the off, reining himself in as the pair eyed one another up.

It was in the opening round that Molitor first showed his skill to duck out as the home favourite briefly had him on the ropes.

But it was not until the end of the second round that the fight really got going, an exchange between the pair causing referee Phil Edwards to call a time out in an attempt to cool it.

Hunter came out fighting in an impressive third round, twice trapping his man in different corners.

But rather than go on to dominate, only five minutes later he was on his haunches looking up at his corner with an expression of resignation, blood coming from under both eyes. …

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