Light welterweight Jason Easton warmed up a strong Capital partisan crowd with a dominant display against Hungarian journeyman Karoly Lakatos winning with a second-round stoppage at Meadowbank last night in the Cyclone Promotions ‘Lift Off’ show.
The Craigmillar fighter, boxing in just his second pro-bout, made short work of Lakatos, sounding him out in the first round and using the jab to great effect before prevailing in round two.
However, it was a left hook to the body which finally put the weary-looking Hungarian to the canvas. From there, the stoppage was inevitable and just 20 seconds after the 35-year-old returned to his feet, the fight was brought to a halt.
“I’m over the moon with that,” Easton, 23, said afterwards. “I felt once I started to get into my rhythm I was picking him off quite easily. It was about biding my time and I got him in the end. He was a tough boy, though, and I took some shots. I never look for the knock-out but I’m glad it came. I’m delighted.”
Former Meadowbank amateur Lewis Paulin, also making his hometown debut, showed terrific precision over his four-round duel to defeat Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain comfortably 40-35.
The 25-year-old now boasts a 2-0 record after his first pro-win as a paid boxer over Youssef Al Hamidi in May.
Former Lochend amateur Aston Brown made short work of Bulgaria’s Georgi Valevski in his pro-debut at middleweight. The Glasgow-based fighter was streets ahead of his opponent, twice dropping him to the canvas as he won on points 40-34 after four rounds.
And, in the only ten-round bout of the night, Belfast’s Anto Cacace is the new Celtic super featherweight champion after stopping Dundee’s Ronnie Clarke with just seconds of the final bell remaining – an altercation ensuing in the crowd after Clarke fell to the canvas.