BOXING - Harris shows potential with brutal first round knockout - The Leamington Observer

BOXING - Harris shows potential with brutal first round knockout

Leamington Editorial 23rd Jan, 2023   0

MATTY Harris showcased his potential with a devastating knockout win after just 74 seconds in his latest professional fight.

The Leamington heavyweight (4-0) dispatched Czech fighter Jiri Surmaj (3-2) with two brutal overhand right’s and a short crisp left hook at the AO Arena in Manchester.

Surmaj staggered to the ropes following the onslaught before referee Darren Sarginson waved off the contest to prevent the Czech boxer from taking any more punishment.

Harris told Sky Sports: “I was born for this stage, this is what I love to do, I was born to fight, what an amazing Arena and what an amazing opportunity.

“I’m disappointed because I want to knock people out, not just get TKO’s, but I can’t do anything about it.

“I’m still a young pup, I’m prepared for whatever comes next, that’s for my team to map out.”

The win was Harris’s third successive victory via first-round knockout and first since June last year.

Harris was fighting on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr’s grudge match against Liam Smith.

Liverpudlian Smith stunned Eubank to win by fourth round TKO having knocked down the former world champion twice in quick succession.

There were also wins for British prospects Frazer Clarke and Richard Riakporhe whilst Ekow Essuman inflicted a first career defeat on Chris Kongo to retain his welterweight belts by majority decision.

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