WAKEFIELD boxer Andy Townend needed less than two minutes to win his second professional bout in scintillating style at the weekend.
The big-hitter from Portobello secured victory against Bulgarian opponent Evgeni Geshev by technical knockout in 1 minute and 38 seconds at the Doncaster Dome last Friday.
It proved a relatively comfortable night for the former Kettlethorpe High School pupil, boxing at lightweight level, as he made it two wins from as many bouts since turning professional last year.
“Stefy [Bull, his trainer] told me that I could stop him and I went out there and did that,” said Townend.
“It was a good night, I was eager to get out there after all the hard work in training and it paid off.”
The 22-year-old had been training intensively under Bull, and sparring with British, Commonwealth and European bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell, at Bull’s Empress Gym in Mexborough.
He’s now set for a quick return to the ring, with a date at Barnsley Metrodome pencilled in for Friday, April 27.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring, I’d fight every day if I could,” said an eager Townend.
“Hopefully I can fight at the end of April, I’ll find out on Monday. I’ve been given the week off after the fight and I’m back in training on Monday.”
The former White Rose Boxing Club member enjoyed the backing of a strong Wakefield-based support for Friday’s victory, including a coach-load of supporters from the Bay Horse pub in Crigglestone.
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