Walcot boxer Orgest Peroshi started the season in style with a second round stoppage victory last Saturday, writes Dave Veysey.
The 17-year-old took on Corey Kelly from Broad Plain Boy’s Club in Bristol in the opening round of the Children & Young Persons’ National Championships, held in Bodmin, Cornwall.
This Class C, under 69kgs section contest, pitted the taller Kelly against the stocky Peroshi.
The Bristolian made the better start, using his reach advantage to land with left jabs and a heavy left uppercut.
Peroshi took these punches well and began to redress the balance with his trademark left hook as the round wore on.
The Wroughton-based Albanian raised his game during the second round, attacking Kelly with combinations of left jabs, straight rights and left hooks.
After one assault the referee jumped in to issue the dazed Broad Plain boxer with a standing count.
Kelly bravely battled on but Peroshi was in no mood to let him off the hook, and another combination of heavy punches led to a second standing count and the end of the contest by TKO.
Orgest said afterwards: “I am really happy to have won this bout.
“Kelly was a tough opponent who came to win, but I could see my punches were hurting him.
“I am feeling fit and strong thanks to Harry Scott and all the Walcot coaches who work with me in the gym.
“I can now look forward to the next round.”
This result means Peroshi heads to the Western Counties Final in Bristol on October 31st, along with clubmate Said Eltuyev who received a bye in the opening round.
Meanwhile Ryan Owens made his Walcot debut at the National Smelting Club event in Henbury, Bristol.
He faced Augustin Lakatos from Empire ABC in a light welterweight contest.
This turned into a terrific bout with both newcomers giving their all.
After three exciting rounds Lakatos was awarded the points’ decision.