George's winning start

PUBLISHED: 11:45 13 March 2006 | UPDATED: 08:59 24 May 2010

WESTON'S George Katsimpas made an great start to his professional boxing career in Southampton when he faced Leon Owen, a well-schooled boxer from Wales

WESTON'S George Katsimpas made an great start to his professional boxing career in Southampton when he faced Leon Owen, a well-schooled boxer from Wales. Owen was a tall strong fighter who knocked out his last opponent and George's original opponent had pulled out a week before and the match with Owen was made. George's management were a little concerned that this may be a tough test for his first fight, as he had no amateur boxing experience. The first round was a battle in its self with both fighters going for the win. Halfway through the round George got caught with a right cross, but responded with a strong left hook Owen went on the back foot.The second round saw Owen, the bigger man, come forward and try to bully George, but he stood his ground and thundered in some body and head combinations. Both fighters stood toe to toe in the centre of the ring and George landed an awesome right cross which knocked Owen to his knees. Owen beat the count and tried to regain himself, but George again caught him with some strong shots and Owen was knocked down again. The fight was stopped and George was declared the winner. Stuart Davies, there to support his fighter, said: "George was brilliant, a lot of people doubted him because of his kickboxing background, but at the end of the day you either got it or you have not." Stuart is now registered with the Boxing Board of Control as a professional trainer after being schooled by Jim Evans and Jackie Bowers and he will play a major part in George's career.For information about boxing, kickboxing and martial arts training at Warrior Gym, please call Stuart Davies on 07976 538497 or the Warrior office on 01934 645006.

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