Former Islington Boxing Club duo record victories at King’s Cross show
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Islington welterweight Jordan Grannum made a successful start to his professional career as he eased to a comfortable points win over William Warburton at York Hall.
The experienced Warburton, who had more than 100 bouts to his name going into Friday’s four-round contest at the Camden Centre, was a late replacement for Dan Carr.
But Grannum – who claimed two national senior novices titles during his amateur career with Islington BC – was not fazed by the change of opponent as he won all four rounds.
Backing Warburton up against the ropes, the Islington boxer took control from the start and switched from head to body with a series of left jabs and right hooks.
The 22-year-old found it difficult to land any telling blows on Warburton – who picked up a surprise win against another Islington fighter, Georgie Kean, last year.
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Nevertheless, Grannum looked sharp throughout and he was awarded a 40-36 decision by referee Kieran McCann to get his win column up and running.
“I knew he had beaten a top prospect in Georgie Kean, but I didn’t know he had all those fights until they announced it when I was in the ring,” Grannum admitted.
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The Islington man will not have long to wait for his second paid contest – he is pencilled in to box at York Hall on Saturday October 31.
There was also a win for another ex-Islington BC star on Friday’s show, with light-middleweight Aarron ‘The Marksman’ Morgan maintaining his 100 per cent record.
Morgan, who has now won nine out of nine professional contests, was in ruthless form as he demolished Hungarian opponent Istvan Kiss inside three rounds.
The 27-year-old slammed home a number of effective punches, especially to the head, as Kiss opted to stand and trade but eventually found himself forced into a corner.
The heavy-handed Morgan opened him up with a string of left and right hooks and that prompted referee Robert Williams to stop proceedings two minutes and eight seconds into round three.
That secured the seventh stoppage of Morgan’s career and he told the Gazette: “I kept my punches sharp. Having caught him with some good shots, he had a very hard head.
“I don’t expect to be boxing again until after Christmas, but I’ll be keeping in shape in the gym.”