Zak Chelli celebrating his win over Jimmy Smith with arms raised in the air and the Southern Area belt draped over his right shoulder

Fulham boxer crowned new champion at Wembley

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Zak Chelli celebrating his win and capturing the Southern Area championship from Jimmy Smith at Wembley Arena

After winning his first ever professional title last weekend, Fulham prizefighter Zak Chelli is already looking for the next belt he can get his hands on.

The super-middleweight contender was crowned the new Southern Area champion after outpointing Jimmy Smith over 10 gruelling rounds at Wembley Arena.

It was his toughest fight to date. But Chelli is not deterred as he now looks to add another domestic title to his collection.

“I’m ready to go and challenge for either the English or Commonwealth belt,” said the 21-year-old. “I hope the Southern Area title is the first of many title wins in my career.”

Despite wanting a knockout victory over Smith, Chelli still demonstrated the devastating power of his hands with an eighth-round knockdown which cemented the points win and extended Chelli’s unbeaten record to seven wins.

“Jimmy Smith was a tough opponent who kept coming forward even after the knockdown,” added Chelli. “But I got the win and showed why I am one of the rising stars in the super-middleweight division.”

Stay up-to-date with our local champion’s journey by following Zak on Twitter.

Zak Chelli landing a right punch on Jimmy Smith
Zak Chelli lands a hard right punch on Jimmy Smith

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