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Mark Leach

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Date of Birth: 17/3/94
From: Salford
Record: 18-2-1 (4 KOs)
Weight: Super-Bantamweight
Height: 5ft 6in
Stance: Orthodox

MARC LEACH leapt from virtual obscurity in October 2020 with a shock win over Qais Ashfaq on a behind closed doors show that was live on Sky Sports. Leach leapt up to super-bantamweight for the chance to take on Ashfaq in their British eliminator. It was a magnificent performance from the Salford man who floored his rival twice. He refused to be denied and was a deserved winner after ten rounds. The breakout win should have booked him a crack at British 122lb champion Brad Foster, but to his surprise was ordered to face Thomas Essomba in a final eliminator in early June 2021.

Leach’s fine run of form continued and although he was pushed all the way he claimed the decision after 12 rounds (115-112 x 2 and 115-113). Foster relinquished and Leach travelled to York Hall, Bethnal Green in March 2022 to face Chris Bourke for the vacant British Super-Bantamweight title. It was a flawless performance and after 12 rounds Bourke had been outclassed and lost on all three cards.

Leach was hot property and was fancied to beat Liam Davies in his first defence even though he was away from home in Telford, his challenger’s hometown. Marc never recovered from a first round knockdown and although it was close on two of the cards, nobody complained when Davies took a unanimous decision. Leach turned professional in September 2014 and suffered a debut points loss to Bobby Jenkinson who four fights later became Commonwealth champion.

Marc has remained undefeated since with the only blemish, back in July 2018 when he travelled to Zimbabwe and drew against local fighter Tapiwa Tembo. In May 2019, he picked up his English 118lb title with a clear points win over Brett Fidoe. It’s a title Leach still holds although he is yet to defend that crown.

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