BOXING: Ahmed suffers disappointing defeat on pro debut
A bizarre debut from Luton fighter Waqas Malik Ahmed saw him retire 1.44mins into his first-ever pro bout during the Fight Night show at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre on Friday evening, writes Mark Wood.
Cambridge opponent Tommy Martin looked far more refined and seemed stunned when the fight was stopped so early.
The four-bout event was promoted by former Luton favourite Graham Earl whose House of Champions gym is now based in Hitchin.
Luton lightweight Ahmed, who is also trained by Earl and was fighting in black and yellow trunks, threw himself into the bout head first and ungainly flailed from the outset.
Ahmed, who saw his opponent swapped before the event, looked out of his depth against 19-year-old Martin, who had won all five of his previous bouts and was roared on by some fine support.
Having already been warned once, Ahmed seemed to seek advice from his corner as Martin caught him with a nasty shot, and the fight was brought to an abrupt halt as Ahmed retired.