Josh Baillie: Belt win justifies Cumbrian fighter's decision to continue

Josh Baillie
Josh Baillie has won five and lost three of his eight professional fights

Cumbrian boxer Josh Baillie says winning the British Challenge super-featherweight title has justified his decision to carry on after he considered ending his career.

Barrow-born Baillie forced the fifth-round retirement of Manny Zaber at Walsall Town Hall earlier this month to take the belt in his eighth fight.

"It's been such a frustrating year," Baillie told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"If you stay positive and strong, then good things will come."

He added: "I'm 31, got a daughter, miss so much time with her because of training and I still have to work as well - I've got bills to pay."

The Cumbrian returned to Britain after spells in Australia and China in 2014-15, winning two and losing one of his bouts overseas before the title success.

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