Frazer wins debut pro bout

December 06, 2021
 Joshua Frazer
Joshua Frazer

" Winning my first pro bout is something special, and I hope that it is a stepping stone to a great future," said former amateur welterweight and light middleweight boxing star Joshua Frazer after scoring a sensational second-round technical knock-out (TKO) victory over Argentinian Paul Ezequiel Acosta, at the CAA Centre, in Ontario, Canada, on Saturday night.

His fight was one of seven, on a card promoted by United Boxing Promotions, their first in more than two years, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated crowd of 4,000 attended.

Frazer, who has Jamaican and Canadian citizenship, has been fighting for Jamaica for several years, under the guidance of his father Dewith, who has represented Jamaica as a boxer and coach, and now runs a successful gym in Canada.

Going into the fight with an opponent who had a 7-5-3 win, loss, draw record, Frazer nevertheless expressed confidence of winning on his debut, and backed this up, when, after a tentative start, he exploded with a mixture of punches to the body and head. He floored Acosta with a hard punch to the body about the two-minute mark, and put him down once more with one to the head.

He was quickly on the attack again in the second round and after putting his opponent down two more times, the referee stepped in and called a halt to the fight.

His trainer told STAR Sports yesterday, that he was worried that Frazer would have been too anxious at the start of the fight, and was surprised at his composure.

"He was poised, did exactly as he was told to do, and had a great start to his career as a professional. I hope that he will continue to do well." He added that Joshua will be fighting again on February 26, at the same venue.

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