Breakthrough win for battling Scott
Norwich boxer Scott Moises, who has been forced to overcome huge personal tragedy to make it in the boxing ring, has picked up his first win as a professional.
The 22-year-old, who battled back from leukaemia and the death of his father, scored a knockout victory over debutant and former British kick boxing champion Richard 'Hurricane' Hines at the home of boxing, Bethnal Green's York Hall, on Saturday night.
It was an emotional and popular win, at the third attempt, for Moises, who learned his trade at the Aylsham Boxing Club before moving on to Graham Everett's Norwich gym.
'Everybody is absolutely delighted for Scott,' said Everett. 'He's like the mascot of our gym.
'He's been through a lot – he lost his dad and he had that terrible illness –he's had a tough, tough time, but he thoroughly deserved it on the night and he thoroughly deserved it because of all the hard work he has put in.
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'I've had lots of phone calls from people who are saying they can't believe how good his performance was. He stole the show.
'Like everybody else I was absolutely delighted for Scott. He is working seriously hard and the tough sparring he has had with Ryan Walsh has paid off. He has started to learn far more about the pro game and that is what it is all about.'
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Moises was fighting at super-featherweight for the first time, having dropped two weight divisions from light-welterweight, and for the first time came up against someone smaller.
After winning the first two rounds of the scheduled four-rounder, he finished off Hines – trained by Jason Rowland, who beat Norwich's Jon Thaxton to the British light-welterweight title in 1999 – with a straight right to which the local man had no answer.
'Scott won the first two rounds comfortably,' said Everett. 'He was boxing totally to instruction, using his height and using his reach which is something we have really been working hard on in the gym.
'It was his first time at this weight, which is an important thing for him. This is the first time as a professional that he has been bigger than his opponent whereas both other times he has had really tough, strong kids in front of him. This one was tough, but smaller.
'It was a case of just putting that little bit of extra effort in, sorting his diet out and just a little bit more, should we say, professionalism with concentration – it was all there.
'Having won the first two rounds he caught him with a beautiful straight right and dropped him badly. The kid got up but was in no condition to carry on – no arguments at all, no queries. This is definitely a breakthrough for Scott and I think this will be a massive boost for him.'