Former Islington Boxing Club captain extends unbeaten professional record with 25-second stoppage
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Aarron Morgan has revealed that he drew on his amateur experiences at Islington BC to achieve an astonishing 25-second stoppage on his York Hall debut.
The 27-year-old light-middleweight, who was Islington captain before turning over, completed his first full professional season by knocking out hapless Hungarian Gyula Vajda in double-quick time.
Morgan’s victory, which took his tally of paid successes to eight in a row, rounded off Saturday’s Hellraiser Promotions show at the Bethnal Green venue in style.
He told the Gazette: “The caretaker came into the changing-room beforehand and said ‘make it a quick one, I want to lock up and go home’. So I did my best!
“We were warming up quite vigorously in the changing-room and I remembered what it was like from amateur days when you’d be getting ready and you think you’re on in 10 minutes’ time.
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“Then someone comes in and says ‘you’re on now’ and that’s exactly what happened – the bout before mine was over in the first round. I was thinking my opponent might be a bit cold, not thoroughly warmed up.
“I had a look at him when he got in the ring and he was bone dry, so I thought I’d let a couple of big ones go and see how he caught them – and evidently he didn’t catch them too well.”
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A flurry of blows from Morgan sent the Hungarian to the canvas within seconds of the opening bell and, although Vajda got to his feet, a second onslaught, culminating in an overhand right, floored him in the opposite corner of the ring.
Referee Lee Cook halted proceedings immediately as Morgan maintained his unbeaten record, with the speed of victory eclipsing his 75-second win on his debut against Vladimir Tazik in November 2013.
“It’s Catch-22 in a way when that happens – you’re happy but at the same time you’ve trained hard for a gruelling fight,” added Morgan, who has just announced his engagement to girlfriend Suzanne.
“I’m never going to complain about a win, though – I’ve put the full stop on the season and I’m gradually edging closer [to a title shot]. I’m not here to make up the numbers and I’m not here to make friends.”
Earlier, Kentish Town welterweight Kian Thomas came through his first six-round contest with a comfortable points win over journeyman Dan Carr.
Thomas had to contend with an opponent who adopted spoiling tactics, repeatedly leading with his head – for which he had a point deducted in each of the last two rounds.
However, the former St Pancras ABC amateur was always in command of the fight, jabbing well and landing a number of effective right-hand punches whenever he managed to disentangle himself from the clutches of Carr.
“We knew he was going to do that, but knowing it and trying to stop it are two different things,” said Thomas, who remains unbeaten. “He was coming in with his head and I wasn’t going to play his game at all.”
“He’s a tough opponent and it was frustrating, but I just tried to keep doing what my corner were telling me. When I hit him cleanly I felt that it hurt him.
“It’s only my third pro fight and I’m just happy to get the win. It was good to box at York Hall – that’s on my card now and it’s just about staying active and making sure I keep on winning.”
Archway light-middleweight Tony Milch also picked up his eighth straight professional victory with a points success after four rounds against Torquay’s Ali Wyatt.
Milch made use of his height and reach advantage to control the fight and landed some good combinations, while the Devon man frequently swung wildly and failed to connect.
However, Wyatt did put his opponent down with a right hook early in the fourth round, but Milch survived the count and finished the fight strongly as referee Jeff Hinds scored it 38-37 in his favour.