2008 Beijing Olympian Kal Yafai made a smooth progression into the pro ranks, forcing Wolverhampton veteran Delroy Spencer to retire at the end of the second round.
Yafai looked sharp and his punches landed with increasing accuracy before Spencer decided he’d had enough.
Some boxers struggle with the transition from one code to the other. Yafai, though, looked extremely comfortable without the vest and headguard. Two rounds certainly doesn’t tell us very much, but at this stage the Birmingham man looks like a very good addition to the paid game.
Rocky Fielding opened his account for new promoter Matchroom Sport with a quick fire blow out of Hungarian import Ferenc Hafner.
The 24-year-old super-middleweight from Liverpool, who won Prizefighter against the odds last year, caught the visitor with a right hand inside before an uppercut sent him over.
When the action resumed, Hafner found himself rocking all over the place from Fielding’s blows and Phil Edwards moved in at 2.16 of the first to save the Hungarian from further punishment.
Fielding’s record now stands at 11 – 0 (5 KOs) and he’ll be hoping to press towards a British title shot at 12 stone within the next 12 months.
Lytham St Anne’s former amateur standout Scott Cardle continued his education with a two round demolition of Karoly Lakatos.
Cardle, who has established an attacking style under the stewardship of Joe Gallagher in Bolton, attacked the torso with both fist in the opener before a barrage of blows forced Lakatos turn his back in pain before the end of the second and Mr Edwards moved in. The time was recorded as 3.00 before it came just as the bell was about to toll.
It’s the first inside the distance victory Cardle has scored in four outings, but on this evidence they’ll be plenty more where that came from.
Another boxer adding experience after a decent career in the amateurs is Upminster’s aggressive Ryan “Crash Bang” Taylor.
The flame-haired lightweight got chopping right hands off early against Ibrar Riyaz but had to contend with a journeyman willing to soak up the shots and then throw back.
Taylor took charge in the second and thudded home some hooks. By the forth he was finding Riyaz’s jaw regularly and it looked like the Reading-based Albanian might be unravelling.
But he managed to grit his teeth and battle through until the end. Mr Alexander had the easy job of handing Taylor his fifth paid victory with a score of 60-55.
Sheffield’s Sam O’Maison became the 86th man to defeat East Ham’s always game Johnny Greaves.
Fighting out of the southpaw stance despite being right-handed (we were told he’s right handed anyway) the Yorkshireman from the Ingle camp, moved in with his hands low and brought up fast and short right hooks.
In the second a sweeping hook dropped Greaves to the ring apron and he had to fight through several other hurting moments in this four-twos affair before hearing the final bell.
Mr Edwards scored it a predictable 40 – 35.
Chatteris debutant Jordan Gill was in full control as he eased to a 40-36 verdict over Nuneaton southpaw Kristian Laight on the bill’s opener.
And rounding things off at just after midnight in front of a crowd which could be described as sparse at best, Mancunian barber Rhys “Pure Silk” Roberts couldn’t prove a cut above Welshman Dai Davies and had to settle for a 58-58 draw after six rounds.