Knock-out way to go pro

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Resort boxer Richie Hadlow wants to fight again next month after a stunning knock-out win in his first pro bout.

Hadlow, 32, beat Ricky Curline with a peach of a left hook in the fourth round at the Christchurch Boys’ High School auditorium on Saturday night.

The former Commonwealth Games representative had dropped Curline twice in the first, then landed three devastating shots mid-way through the fourth of a scheduled six rounds – a crunching body shot, a right upper cut, then the knock-out hook.

Curline was out cold before he hit the canvas and the ref didn’t need to count him out.

Hadlow says: “I spent a lot of time in the amateurs, where you only get three rounds.

“We’ve had a few conversations over the years where we said if I’d had another round things would have been different in terms of a decision.

“I keep working, so in the amateurs the third round would usually be my best.”

Hadlow fights on the front foot, pressuring his opponent with a high tempo.

“I dropped him in the first round but then was a little bit eager.

“It was great to get the rounds up, it was a goal of mine to see what the fourth was like.”

He’d been ill with a cold in the week leading up to the fight and was unable to train.

“Normally I’d be sharpening up but I did literally nothing. It was that bad but it was all good though, I had to draw from everything else other than my body.”

Hadlow was due to make his debut on the Joseph Parker undercard in December but failed a pre-fight brain scan. He was later cleared to make his pro debut.

“I haven’t fought for a long time so I’m looking to stay really really active. I’m looking to fight again very soon.

“I’d like to fight next month.”

The fight was the undercard to Kiwi boxer Bowyn Morgan, who beat Australia-based Filipino Jack Asis to become WBU welterweight world champion – the first time a world title has been won in Christchurch.

paul.taylor@scene.co.nz