Bates: I knew I would stop him, but I didn’t think it be that quick

LIKE most people’s first time, it didn’t last as long as Ciaran Bates expected, but last weeks debutant was delighted with his early night nonetheless.

The Dublin light welterweight punched for pay for the first time on last weekend’s Holiday Inn show and his pro debut was over as soon as it began.

Bates, whose brother George won Gold on at the 45th Usti Nad Labem Grand Prix in the Czech Republic on the same weekend, had Mihaly Szalontai out of the ring within 46 seconds. 

The Dubliner claims the manner of the win was a bonus and is hoping to return in July.

“I knew I’d stop him, but didn’t think it be so quick,” Bates told

“I caught him with a good body shot and pilled the pressure on. Once I applied pressure the ref stepped in. It was  good to get the win and a bonus to get the stoppage. I think the team is working on a fight for July.”


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