TAUNTON boxer Pawel August will be bringing the WBC silver light heavyweight title back to Somerset, after widely outpointing veteran Dariusz Sek on Saturday night in Gniew, Poland, writes Marc Gatford.

In a fight broadcast live on BoxNation, August opened up a cut on his opponent early on and then dropped him in round eight, persuading all three judges to score the fight in his favour.

In a familiar pattern to the first seven rounds, August cut off the ring, backing his bloodied opponent into a corner with a minute left to go in the eighth.

With his man on the ropes, August launched a left hook which Sek caught on his high guard.

Looking to counter, Sek dipped his left hand, preparing to shovel an uppercut onto August's chin, but in that split-second August detonated, landing a solid right before his opponent was able to connect.

Sek, a durable operator who boxed negatively throughout, hit the canvas and with the help of the ropes scrambled to his feet.

To his credit, the veteran southpaw saw out the remainder of the 10-round contest under heavy fire.

The 34-year-old looked ready to bow out at several stages of the contest but managed to hang on.

August rushed his work at times, perhaps costing himself the knockout victory he craved.

That said, the new WBC (World Boxing Council) champion proved to himself, to the TV cameras, and to his new promoters that he is the man for the big occasion.

August proved he can cope with the expectation and pressure that comes with being a headline act.

Under Bristol boxing legend Chris Sanigar and Taunton-based coach Dave Entwistle, August has secured an unbeaten record, two titles and a promotional deal with Frank Warren and and Queensberry Promotions that will see him fight on TV regularly.

With his boxing apprenticeship out of the way, the hard work now begins to see how far this prizefighter can go.

August has the following sponsors to thank: P&P Auto Services, Brenden Roofing Ltd, Intense Nutrition, Growth Technology, DSG Close Protection, Body Coaching, Animal Microchips.