Former Far Cotton amateur Joe Daly has set his sights on domestic glory after a victorious professional debut against Bheki Moyo in Whitwick on Sunday.
The 28-year-old Northampton light-middleweight boxer, who is coached by former WBO middleweight champion Chris Pyatt, dominated his South African opponent from start to finish and took the four-round bout on a unanimous decision.
“I think they picked the hardest fella going, because I hit him with everything I had - and it went the distance - but I won every round,” said Daly.
“Going into the fight I was told all he would do is come forward so I made sure that, in the first round and the first time he came forward, I just nailed him, so he backed up and thought twice about it.
“It wasn’t as dangerous as it could have been, as he was a bit wild at times. But everyone said I boxed really well and the support I had was magnificent.”
Daly added he hopes to be back in the ring before Christmas and wants to step up his challenge for a British title in 2014.
“There are people I’ve fought in the amateurs who have been challenging for the English and British titles. That’s the goal that I’ve set myself and I’ll see how close I can get to it,” he said.
On the amateur scene, Carl Fail progressed through to the next round of the CYP Championships after a stunning win over last year’s national ABA champion Patsy McCann in Burton Latimer on Friday night.
The Far Cotton ABC star took the 58-60kg box-off contest on a unanimous decision, and the win was even more impressive given it was in the Kettering School of Boxing fighter’s own backyard.
He now joins twin brother Ben - along with Kyle Owen - in the Midlands final in Leicester on October 26.
And Far Cotton ABC head coach John Daly said those who witnessed the fight got their money’s worth, saying: “I knew it was a going to be a hard fight to win.
“Carl knew he had to be at his best and, in all three rounds, he was. It was non-stop from both boys coming forward, the crowd enjoyed a cracking fight and the fight alone was worth the entrance fee.”