MATTHEW ‘Buster’ Mallin produced his best performance as a pro at the weekend and is now six unbeaten.
Stairfoot light-middleweight Mallin, aged 21, put in a dominant display against Notts’ Andy Hardy in Grimsby on a bill streamed live on Youtube.
Father and son training team Mick and Gwyn Wale urged Mallin to up his work rate after he was less than convincing in his last fight. He fought to instructions against Hardy and took a 40-36 win.
Mallin dominated the four round contest and delivered some stunning upper-cuts and heavy shots to the left hand side of Hardy’s body in the opening three.
He stepped up the pace in the fourth and almost forced a stoppage, busting Hardy’s nose and pounding him on the ropes with left and rights.
Mallin’s old amateur stablemate Ben Wager, also 21, now trained by Glyn Rhodes, took a fight at short notice in Belfast but was stopped by former Irish amateur champion Anthony Cacace.
Rhodes was furious at the stoppage: “Ben got got back up and was ready to fight and didn’t get hit again. I haven’t a clue why the referee stopped it.”