Islington fighters both victorious at Kings Cross show
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Aarron ‘The Marksman’ Morgan was delighted with his performance after completing six rounds for the first time as he dispatched Jan Balog on Saturday.
The former Islington BC captain impressed at the Camden Centre, Kings Cross, dominating his Czech opponent and flooring him with a left hook in the third round.
Although Balog battled gamely for the remainder of their light-middleweight contest, Morgan secured a 60-53 points success to take his professional record to six wins out of six.
“He was a tough guy,” Morgan told the Gazette. “I had to use my ring craft and get the job done. That left hook I put him down with, it hit him flush and he did well to get back up.
“I’ve been in the ring with some good guys, good southpaws as well, sparring and in amateur competitions, and I think that showed in that I picked my shots.
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“I’m happy I got the six rounds. I knew I could do six rounds – I could do 10 – but until you do it, there’s always that little thing in your mind as to whether you can actually do it or not.”
Morgan began with a series of body shots and gradually forced his opponent onto the ropes before dumping him on the canvas in the third round.
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Balog managed to land some shots of his own, but the Londoner caught him with left hooks and right uppercuts, controlling the centre of the ring, and ran out a comfortable winner.
Earlier on the bill, Morgan’s stablemate Chris ‘The Bull’ Baugh recorded a first-round knockout to dispatch Hungarian opponent Laszlo Jambrik in only his second professional outing.
The Islington-based middleweight landed an early left hook and then put Jambrik on the ropes with a flurry of right-hand punches, sustaining the pressure until the referee stopped the contest with two minutes and 42 seconds on the clock.
“I was really looking to get four rounds for my debut but I didn’t feel the need to do that this time,” said Baugh. “The next thing was to get a solid stoppage and I think I did that.
“That first shot he felt, I could see it in his eyes, but I didn’t want to go nuts. He came to fight, he didn’t try and hold or anything – fair play to him for that.”