Unbeaten Irishman Rohan Date (6-0-1, 5KOs) defeated Dutch national champion Innocent Anyanwu (25-38-3, 15KOs) via a second-round knockout on October 27 in Southsea.
The 25-year-old decked the 66-fight veteran, who hadn’t been stopped in his last 14 fights, in the second round and notched up his fifth KO from six victories.
Date, who resides in Dubai, reflected on the latest win, “I was cautious of the power he had because he had 15 KOs on his record and had knocked out one of the other guys in the gym, Florin Cardos, who was 14-0.”
The Nigerian-born boxer, 39 from Amsterdam, went undefeated in the first four years and 22 fights of his career between 2005-2009 and won the Dutch featherweight title in 2008 by knocking his opponent Araik Sachbazjan down four times en route to a unanimous decision victory.
Date continued, “I was being patient, he was pawing out his left hand and just left himself open and my right uppercut caught him sweet. I’m blessed with power right now and was lucky the KO came.”
Date is an Irish national that was born in Manchester and lives Dubai, but is currently staying in London whilst awaiting news of his next fight with ambitions to fight for a title next year.
“Just staying in London for now, hoping to fight in February for the Irish title back in Waterford in Ireland, but I need to get eight-rounds in to be eligble, so looking at December.”
The Guildford City Gym student, trained by Johnny Edwards, was a standout amateur wining seven Irish national titles, the prestigious Haringey Box Cup twice, culminating in the World Golden Gloves in 2013.
Aged 20, the outstanding amateur champion walked away from boxing and moved to Dubai and it wasn’t until three years later in 2016 that he returned to the sport and is now aged 25 and unbeaten in seven pro bouts.
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