Unbeaten light-middleweight Chris ‘The Bull’ Baugh moved up to 3(2)-0 after destroying Bulgarian Georgi Valevski in three rounds at the Camden Centre in Kings Cross on March 7th, just one month after his previous outing.
The aggressive power-puncher continued his unbeaten streak along with four other unbeaten prospects in Tony Milch, Mat Butler, Graham Tirrell and Junior Saaed on the Hellraiser Promotions show titled ‘Seize the Hour’.
The London-based boxer commented on his performance, “I was happy with the knockout on Saturday, it was good to get the stoppage but also good to get a few rounds in the ring.”
A university graduate from the London School of Economics, Baugh has now stopped his last two opponents in February and March, kicking off his 2015 campaign in spectacular fashion.
“It’s been a good start and that’s all it is – a start,” said the 26-year-old. “I’m not getting ahead of myself, I’ve been boxing regularly but I’m still developing and improving, I’m happy with that.”
His latest victim usually operates at light-heavyweight and had a clear size advantage going into the contest, however this did not seem to faze the home fighter either before or during the contest, stating, “To be fair, Valevski was the biggest and strongest guy I have fought so far, and he could take it to the body.
“All I knew about him beforehand was that he was big. I wasn't able to find any footage of him ahead of the fight so I had no idea about his build or style, I went in blind but that was a good learning experience for me. He was a strong guy, so I had to be switched on, I felt the size difference but at the same time I was comfortable dealing with his shots, I walked him down and I felt comfortable in there.”
Throughout the fight, Baugh once again displayed the aggression and power that had earned him his alias. The onslaught began from the opening bell and the difference between this latest fight and his previous two was the quality of each punch thrown with such dangerous intent.
Credit must go to the Bulgarian counterpart for his stubbornness, the offending punch that initially dumped him to the canvas was a shot that few would recover from.
Baugh explained, “The punch that led to the stoppage was a crunching straight right. It was a good shot and caught him right on the chin. He did well to get up but it was clear he hadn't recovered and as soon as the count ended he tried to hold on to me. I finished him off with a left hook, a right hook and he was already wobbling when another right saw him buckle over.”
The light-middleweight prospect has fought twice in only eight weeks and is already eyeing his next fight in April.
“I’m taking another fight now on April 18th
so it’s a little bit more of a gap which is nice really. The truth is, I still went for a run the day after my fight so I find it hard to switch off, but probably after the next one I’ll take a little time off fighting and just focus on improving in the gym.
“Sometimes it’s good to be relaxed but to still be in the gym working and developing with your coach without having the clock ticking down towards the next fight date,” stated the busy boxer.
“It’s about striking a balance, obviously early on in your career you want to fight as much as possible and meet as many different fighters and styles to learn your trade but, at the same time, you want to have time to improve your weaknesses in the gym and step up the sparring. I don’t take time off between fights, I’m in the gym straight after so I’m always going to improve but I am really happy with how it’s going so far.”
Baugh is trained by respected coaches Bevis Allen and Roy Callaghan out of the renowned Rooney’s Gym in London, “My coaches were happy with the performance. I didn’t start looking for power punches straight away and I spent the first couple of rounds working to the body while I was finding my range.
“In between the second and third rounds they told me what I needed to do to land the big shot and I came out 20 seconds later and did it. I’m really enjoying working with both Bevis and Roy, I’m just happy that I’m listening in the corner and able to execute their instructions in the fight.
“The right hand that caused the first knock down was really satisfying. Last fight, I dominated but that was what was missing for me – that single, clean, perfectly balanced punch,” Baugh concluded.
Looking back on his first three outings, the 26-year-old Islington boxer secured a shut-out points win over Harjinder Gill in his pro bow in November last year; despite being hurt enough to go to the wrong corner at the end of the third round, Gill managed to survive until the final bell.
On February 7th
, he doubled his win tally and scored his first career stoppage in a blistering first round attack against the tough Hungarian Laszlo Jambrik.
Baugh trains with another heavy-handed light-middleweight, Aaron Morgan 6(5)-0 and seems to be displaying the same power and assiduousness as his teammate, his being the only fight on the night to end early.
The rest of the bill’s unbeaten prospects Tony Milch 7-0, Mat Butler 3-0, Graham Tirrell 5-0 and Junior Saaed 4-0 all continued their unbeaten runs with points wins.
Minster cruiserweight Dan Woodgate 12-2-0 defeated journeyman Mitch Mitchell 5-33-1 by winning all four rounds on points.
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