AMBITIOUS Castle Eden boxing prospect Lynden Watt says he is prepared to be patient in his pursuit of titles, writes GRAEME ANDERSON.
The 22-year-old super-middleweight made it two professional wins out of two at the weekend when he outpointed durable Czech, Jan Balog.
And while he is keen to press on quickly in climbing the rankings, he accepts that having spent his teenage years competing in kick-boxing, he is still learning the ropes as a professional boxer.
He said: “I enjoyed the fight at the weekend, it was great to be back in the ring again.
“But I’m straight back in the gym this week and keen to get the next fight under my belt.
“I want to be making an impact in the sport and I’m sure I can.
“But I’ve also got to be guided by my trainer Paul Hamilton who wants me to try to learn as a boxer from every fight I get, rather than always be looking for the knock-out punch.
“I never had the benefit of a long amateur boxing career, like most professionals do, so I’m still quite new to professional boxing and all the experience I can get in these fights will be a help.
“I don’t see it as the biggest drawback in the world – because the amateur and pro boxing games are very different – but it’s all about building up that ring-craft and know-how.”
The Balog fight, which was on the Winner Takes It All bill at the Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields, was an all-action affair and certainly formed part of the learning curve Watt was talking about.
“He had me down in the first round with a shot which caught me behind the ear,” mused the Newbottle-born fighter, who now lives in Castle Eden.
“I wasn’t hurt – it knocked me off balance and my glove hit the floor, which means a standing eight count – but it was a reminder that you have to expect the unexpected.
“My coach wanted me to box him rather than battle him, so I did.
“Balog was tough and strong and he could take a shot and that was good for me because it was four good rounds of experience for me.
“I can’t wait to fight again and hopefully in front of a North-East crowd – it was a great atmosphere in Shields at the weekend – but I’ll just be guided by what Paul says – he’s the boss!
“There’s talk of me fighting within the next weeks though and that’s fine by me because I want to show people what I am capable of.”