Nathan Underwood made a stunning start to his amateur boxing career last week with an early stoppage win on his debut.
The Louth Boxing Club man stopped opponent Scott Harmon in the first round of their contest in Lincoln, and faced a quick turnaround before his second contest tomorrow (Thursday).
The Mablethorpe boxer travelled to Lincoln for his first amateur bout against Harmon, from Boston Boxing Club, who had just one defeat on his record.
Making his debut in front of a large crowd, Underwood did not climb into the ring until 11pm after a five-hour wait from the weigh-in.
Having kept himself warmed up ready for the bout, he looked confident as the bell sounded for the first round.
Harmon took the centre of the ring and launched a barrage of punches, but Underwood moved his feet well to get himself out of range and landed a solid left jab.
He followed the advice from his corner and kept moving out of range, and as Harmon came forward, Underwood picked of his opponent with a three-punch combination which rocked the Boston fighter.
The referee gave him a standing count, but Underwood kept his composure to land another combination of punches, persuading the referee to step in and stop the bout.
There was little time to celebrate, however, and it was straight back to the gym to prepare for tomorrow’s clash at the KC Stadium, in Hull, where he will be aiming to add a second win to his fledgling record.
Coach Gary King said: “Nathan is so dedicated to the sport. He travels from Mablethorpe to Louth two times a week and also one night to Lincoln.”
It marked a great start to the season for Louth Boxing Club who recently moved into a new home, based at Function First Gym, in Belvoir Way, at Fairfield Industrial Estate.
* Boxing training takes place from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Mondays and Fridays. Louth BC boxers also travel to Lincoln on Wednesdays for sparring sessions at the Terry Allen Gym.
If anyone is interested in joining the club for training and coaching, call Gary on 07507 124183.