Former Islington Boxing Club star hits landmark of 10 professional wins at York Hall
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Aarron ‘The Marksman’ Morgan says he finally feels like “a real pro” after chalking up his 10th successive victory against the resilient Kevin McCauley.
The former Islington BC captain threw everything at McCauley during their eight-round light-middleweight clash at York Hall on Saturday, but was forced to settle for a comfortable points win.
It was only the third time Morgan had been taken the distance since he turned over – although that was hardly surprising against an experienced opponent who has now gone 47 consecutive fights without being stopped.
“I’ve hit a big personal milestone now with 10 professional fights, I’m 10 and 0, and I’m really over the moon about that,” Morgan told the Gazette.
“I’ve had enough fights now that you could say I’m a real pro. That’s how I feel and anyone that shares the ring with me can vouch for that.
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“Big respect to Kevin McCauley – I knew what he was about before I got in there and he’s a good guy and a stalwart of the British boxing game. It was a great learning experience and a good marker for me.
“It’s all about concentration and keeping your eye on the ball when you’re up against someone like him. I’m not a young fighter, I’ve got a mature head and I’m there to do a job.”
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After a quiet first round, Morgan landed a number of effective counter-punches, although most of them were greeted by a smirk from McCauley as he soaked up the pressure.
However, the Londoner grew stronger as the contest progressed, pinning McCauley on the ropes and rocking him with a series of short right hands and the occasional left uppercut.
The West Midlands fighter held on to see out the eight rounds, although the outcome was well beyond doubt and referee Shaun Messer scored the contest 80-73 in Morgan’s favour.
“I’m definitely pleased with the second half of the fight,” added the 27-year-old. “My work-rate held up, my punching variety and my punching power held up.
“I really hurt him in the seventh and eight rounds and that stands me in good stead going forward.
“It’s good to know that as the fight’s going into its final stretch, I’m still punching as hard in the eighth as in the first.
“That’s the second time I’ve done eight rounds and there’s no problem with going the distance. I don’t hit the bag in the gym, land a good punch and say ‘yeah, that’s enough bag work for today’.
“I trained through my little boy’s birthday, so I’m taking a couple of days out now for some family stuff. After that I’ll have a chat with my trainer [Bevis Allen] and see what’s next.”
Kentish Town’s Kian Thomas was also scheduled to feature on the Hellraiser/Warrior Promotions bill, but he was unable to make the weight for his light-welterweight clash with Mark McKray.