NO sooner had Lytham boxer Scott Cardle disposed of his first professional opponent than he was thinking about the next.
Cardle’s win over veteran Sid Razac at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield left little room for doubt.
Cardle had Razac on the ropes almost immediately and this set the pace for the rest of the bout.
Razac was on the receiving end of an onslaught of combinations in the early exchanges – however, Razac covered up to deflect Cardle’s shots and combinations.
The Lytham man looked a little over-eager to impress and seemed to be looking for a first round knockout.
Razac reverted to time-honoured survivor mode for the remainder of the bout.
The third round saw the Birmingham fighter’s knees begin to buckle as he was forced against the ropes and a stoppage looked on the cards.
However, the bell sounded just as Cardle released an inch-perfect upper-cut and Razac had ridden the storm once again.
The fourth and final round saw the veteran use his vast experience to cling and hold, stifling Cardle’s attempted left and right hooks.
There will be no let-up after this introduction to the paid ranks.
Next up for Cardle is a bout on April 13, at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on the undercard of the ‘Big Bang’ promotion, featuring the top-of-the-bill attraction, Tony Bellew versus Danny McIntosh.
After that he will box on the under-card of the IBF World Title clash between Carl Froch and Lucien Bute at Nottingham Arena on May 26.
The Echo Arena bill, which is headlined by the British light-heavyweight title showdown, has been brought forward a day.
That has been done to avoid a clash with a potential all-Merseyside FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Everton.
Promoter David Coldwell said: “Due to Liverpool going through and the possibility of an all-Merseyside FA Cup semi-final, we know this is the only option.
“It’s a fantastic fight with a strong undercard but when it comes to football, you can’t win.
“Many of Tony’s fans are Everton fans, many of the undercard boxers’ fans are Liverpool fans, and they all would have been disappointed to miss the show, but now they can potentially attend both events.
“Adam Smith and Sky Sports have really got behind this show and have worked with us in order to secure another date for broadcast so I’m delighted that nothing has changed in that respect.”
For information on tickets and travel for the Liverpool show, contact Joe Cardle on 07889 947147.