On the eve of his first anniversary in professional boxing, Linus Udofia put on a sparkling display to wow the York Hall crowd and beat Ladislav Nemeth on Saturday night.
Udofia made it four wins from four with a masterclass in clinical boxing, that gave his Slovakian opponent problems right from the first bell.
Having knocked out his previous opponent, Luton’s middleweight looked to repeat this feat as he established the jab and worked some swift combinations in the first.
Nemeth was constantly on the back foot and his attempts to land heavy shots were thwarted by some excellent movement from Udofia.
Establishing the range, Udofia, formerly of Hockwell Ring ABC then began to cut down the ring and let go of some punishing left hooks to the body of his opponent.
This theme continued in the second with the Luton fighter releasing barrage upon barrage of combinations, forcing Nemeth across the ring with the referee watching on closely.
As the third round started, Udofia’s boxing became even more fluid and the Slovakian looked to be tiring under the clinical head and body shots he had taken. Less than 30 seconds in, the referee had seen enough as the Luton man offloaded punishing left and right hooks into the Slovakian who offered nothing in return.
Udofia explained the tactics he and his team had gone with, as he said: “We wanted to just take our time with him, just pick him off with little shots and see what he gives you.
“He could take a shot and we decided to let him punch out and then hit him on the counter.
“I had to take my time, break him down and make him make mistakes. In the third round, I just came out and put it on him and the ref had to stop it”
It has been an impressive first year for Udofia, who already has a massive following with over 100 travelling fans cheering him on at York Hall.
Asked how he felt his first 12 months had gone, Udofia had one word. Progress.
He added: “Everything has progressed brilliantly from day one, training, ticket sales, sponsorships and opponents.
“I’ve been very lucky to get such great support and I’m really grateful for everyone who helps and everyone who comes out to watch.
“I just want to give something back and make even more progress this next year”
Udofia’s promoter Steve Goodwin has plans for a bumper boxing show in Dunstable on June 3, something that really excites the fighter. “I would love to be a part of that, fighting in front of a home crowd, it would be the biggest boxing event around here for a long time”