Sunderland boxer Isaac Macleod enjoys dream debut with stoppage win in Sheffield

VICTORY: Isaac Macleod
VICTORY: Isaac Macleod

ISAAC Macleod made a dream professional debut when he stopped Gyorgy Varga in the third round of their fight in Sheffield.

The exciting Sunderland fighter floored the Hungarian with a left-right-left combination with referee Howard Foster calling a halt without even starting a count.

It was a devastating show of skill and power from the former amateur champion, who only turned pro in September, signing for Queensberry Promotions and training under top coach Anthony Farnell.

The 20-year-old opened up in style at Hillsborough Leisure Centre, catching Varga with a left hook with the first punch of the contest which was scheduled for four rounds.

After that, the ex-Sunderland ABC welterweight looked steady but finished the session in ee-catching fashion with three head shots.

Macleod continued to back up the Hungarian in round two and the East European fighter began to hold on, earning a telling off from referee Foster.

Round three followed a similar pattern, with Macleod landing his left on a regular basis.

A left to the body was followed by a left to the head, forcing Varga to cling on for dear life.

But the end was nigh and it came on two minutes and 46 seconds, with a left-right swiftly followed by a left to the Hungarian’s unguarded head.

Varga went down with Mr Foster waving it off immediately, to the delight of the ecstatic 150-strong travelling army who had made the journey from Wearside.