Jumping up two weight divisions to fight a British Champion at two days notice proved too much for Luke Keeler last night as he was stopped in two rounds by Lee Haskins.
‘Winky’ took a brave ‘nothing to lose’ attitude into a bout he agreed to last minute so won’t be too be disappointed he couldn’t achieve the big ask.
Haskin, a fighter who has been talked about as future world champion, started as he meant to go on and dominated from the off.
The British bantamweight puncher took the opening round and Wilton tasted his power early in the second
Haskins rocked Wilton with a startling right hook which was followed by an onslaught that sent his opponent to the floor.
Wilton was up after a count of eight but, unsteady on his feet and clearly shaken, he was unable to evade Haskins, who connected with another clubbing right to send his rival to the canvas for a second and final time.
Referee Ian John Lewis had seen enough and promptly waved the clash off. Wilton will now return to flyweight where he hopes to mount a European title challenge.