By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Isaac Lowe retained his title by the skin of his teeth.
The Morecambe featherweight kept hold of the English title with a split draw against the once-defeated Ryan Doyle on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s world title rematch against Colombia’s WBA lightweight champion Darleys Pérez.
Lowe was on the receiving end for the first half of the fight, with Doyle working well to the body and head in tandem.
Doyle, who is based in Gorton, Lancashire, and had been beaten once in his professional career, was bullying the champion in the early rounds and it looked like he was pulling away by round seven.
But Lowe, who claimed the belt in a vacant capacity with a stoppage of Jamie Speight in Leeds just two months ago, rallied as the fight went on, before composed himself and using his speed and boxing skills to good effect in the latter rounds.
John Latham scored the contest 96-95 for Doyle, while Phil Edwards scored it 97-93 for Lowe and Dave Parris a 95-95 draw.by