Photo gallery: King’s Lynn boxer Charlie Garrod impresses on his professional debut

Charlie Garrod(black white strip shorts) v Mitch Mitchell. Picture: .Jerry Daws

Charlie Garrod(black white strip shorts) v Mitch Mitchell. Picture: .Jerry Daws - Credit: © Jerry Daws

King's Lynn's very own smooth operator, Charlie Garrod, rewarded his travelling fans with a victory on his professional debut.

Garrod brought a big following from west Norfolk and obliged with a 40:36 victory over Mitch Mitchell, from Lincoln.

Mitchell's shorts were emblazoned with the name 'Mad Mitch', but he rarely lived up to his own billing as Garrod controlled the fight from the opening bell.

The southpaw stance, the long, accurate jab and very little wasted punching energy is likely to serve him well.

After a tentative first round, Garrod quickly settled, with an excellent third round, where he had Mitchell in trouble, before a barnstorming final round.

'It was a fantastic debut,' said Norwich trainer Graham Everett. 'He is a silky boxer, he has been working very hard behind the scenes.

'He trains at our gym and he trains at the King's Lynn Heros gym, where he has stayed loyal to his old trainer Mel (Payne) which I am happy with – it is just another link-up for the HQ, as they call us. You can't fault his pro debut can you against a very experienced and tough Mitch Mitchell. But to be honest he got well outboxed and well put in his place.

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'That was a great performance – and I know Charlie can box better than that. He is 22 years old, he is a southpaw, he is slick, he has a good jab – and he has a good future.

'He's a very smooth fighter.'

Mitchell's following at the Epic Centre will have been heartening for Everett, fellow trainer Jon Thaxton and promoter Mervyn Turner, who are working hard to bring regular fights to the city.

'It was a great show,' said Everett. 'Every fight was well-matched and every fight was a good one.

'Myself and Jon have worked very hard in the gym with these boys and they are doing the stuff in the ring. There were some tough fights there tonight, but they have the desire to win. When you have evened out the skill factor it is who wants it most and I think we have got a crop who do really want it.'