Lytham’s Scotty Cardle made a winning return to the ring with a comfortable points victory against journeyman Michael Mooney in Cardiff last night.
The six-round win takes Cardle’s record to 23 victories from 26 fights, with two losses and a draw.
The fight was the 28-year-old’s first bout since losing his British title clash against Lewis Ritson in March, when he was stopped in just the second round.
It was also his first fight under new trainer Matthew Ellis, after splitting with former coach Joe Gallagher after seven years in his gym.
“I’ve changed trainers and I felt I had to show that in my fight, I had to show I’ve had a bit of a change. I feel like that was successful so I’m happy in that way,” Cardle told iFLTV.
“But we’ve only spent five or six weeks together, so there’s only so much you can do.
“I was coming up against a tough kid but I wasn’t getting too erratic. I wasn’t going in for the stoppage as I knew he’d be there for the duration.
“I just had to think about new combinations and new movements that I’ve been learning and I felt like I did that.
“I got a bit of stick leading up to the fight because of his record but at the end of the day, I’ve got to do a lot. I’m changing trainers and this felt like a debut in a way.
“I’m glad I’ve come up against someone like Michael Mooney. He’s an experienced kid that knows how to put me through the gears and he did that.”
Cardle is hoping this win can propel him back into some big fights, starting later this year.
“I need to start building now,” he added. “I know where I am and people know I am very critical of myself.
“I’ve got to raise my stock and I think this win is just the start of that.
“I’ll be back in the gym as soon as possible and it’s about building for the next fight.
“I’d like to get a title fight as soon as possible but it’s a hard one to call. If my promoter Eddie (Hearn) can sort that out I will be over the moon.”