It had been a long time coming for the Gloucester boxer who was champing at the bit to get in the ring and bring two title belts back to his home city, and Riiddy Rival certainly did not disappoint on the night.
Akeem Ennis-Brown aka Riiddy Rival, 24 from Matson has kept his undefeated record whilst going to head to head with Philip Bowes, 36 from London.
The super lightweight fighters stepped into the ring at a film studio in Wakefield on September 2 in the eagerly anticipated main event of the evening.
Due to coronavirus restrictions the fans of the fighters were not allowed to visit the venue to watch but were able to watch the action on Sky Sports for the fight hosted by MTK.
Riiddy Rival has now brought the British and Commonwealth belts back to his gym, the Fight Factory on Bristol Road in Gloucester.
These are now added to the collection of triumphs which include wins of titles of the Youngest ever English champion, WBC world youth champion, and IBF European champion.
Riiddy was joined in the ring with his team including boxing coach Jon Pitman.
Jon said: “We are over the moon at the result.
“The only way that Bowes was able to win was to try and slow Riiddy down but Riiddy on average threw twice as many blows as him.
“There were times when the fight was Riiddys for the taking but Bowes recovered well between rounds.”
The British title was already vacant and Riiddy was determined to take the Commonwealth title belt.
Jon said: “It was a year out of the ring for Riiddy. The fight had been cancelled once before and then the pandemic happened.
“There is nothing like fighting in the ring with small gloves on. Riiddy learnt a lot from that fight. It was a good learning fight.
“He is over the moon and he has proved a lot of people wrong.
“He has put boxing back on the map for Gloucester and it is not just a rugby city anymore.”
Riiddy is the first person from Gloucester to hold these belts and his is incredibly grateful for the support he has been given from his fans.
In the next few weeks Riiddy will be sitting down with his management to discuss his next career move.
The super lightweight’s career CV to date holds 14 undefeated wins and one by knock out.