BOXING: Joe not so Gent-le

MALMESBURY light-welterweight Joe Hughes admits his second professional bout couldn’t have gone better after he ruthlessly disposed of Luton’s Gavin Putney in less than two minutes on Saturday.

The 20 year-old, christened ‘The Gent’ by promoter Frank Maloney, politely made sure his opponent didn’t have to wait long to get acquainted with the canvas , flooring him twice early on at Brentwood Leisure Centre in Essex.

Putney had no answer to Hughes’ relentless barrage and his corner threw in the towel with just one minute and 58 seconds on the clock, handing Hughes his first professional stoppage.

“I couldn’t really ask for anything better – the guy was tough and kept getting back up but it’s great to get my first pro stoppage,” he said.

“It’s a good win for me and I’m chuffed with it.

“I had a good bunch of people come up from Malmesbury and a few from the gym (Paddy John’s in Bristol) but they didn’t really get to shout for that long!”

Hughes’ bout was onthe undercard to Jason Booth’s British super-bantamweight title win over Jamie Arthur, with the Wiltshire man due to face East Ham journeyman Johnny Greaves.

“I found out on the Wednesday before the fight that the opponent had changed and I’m not really sure why that happened,” said Hughes.

“Obviously I had to change the way I prepared a little bit because I’d been training for a southpaw and he (Putney) was orthodox.

“I’d like my next fight to be in April, in six or eight weeks’ time, but that’s up to my manager – I want to try and have six fights a year.”

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