Coleman fought Van Poetch in a 4 round contest at Walsall Town Hall (22nd Sep) on the stacked undercard of the
Denny vs Cartwright
English Middleweight Title Fight
Troi Coleman is no stranger to the ring nor the big occasion having fought as a kick boxer and then on the semi-professional boxing circuit prior to lacing up his carbon claw mitts to make his professional debut against vastly experienced Lewis Van Poetch, the well known Lydney pugilist who was appearing in his 87th pro contest.
The fight, albeit in the end a pleasing spectacle for Coleman fans who will have been encouraged to see their boxer produce a tidy, dominating performance, was (in all truth) not one that will live long in the memory. It did though serve its ultimate purpose by providing for the young hungry Coleman an open doorway leading to the paid professional’s arena and through which the tall Burntwood boxer boldly strode with a fair measure of style and confidence and with his head held high.
Much sterner tests await for sure. For all his glitz and groove Van Poetch (and ‘The Bald Team’ who are fun to be around and who clearly know the business well) lacked a little in ambition. That said, he’s certainly no walk over and has a walnut tough defence that no average boxer will easily breach.
Referee Martin Williams scored the contest 40 – 36 in Coleman’s favour after the fight went the full distance.