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Upton in seventh heaven

Red hot light-welterweight prospect Anthony Upton barely had chance to break sweat as he blasted Hungary’s Janos Vass in just one round at York Hall on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old, who is trained by former two weight world champion Ricky Hatton, looked in no rush, but the action still only lasted 134 seconds.

Upton’s cleaver stance switching had Vass confused and a straight left set the tone as it rocked the visitor back on his heels.

Seconds later, a pair of left hooks connected and the Hungarian was dumped to the canvas. Bravely, Vass managed to haul himself back to his feel, but he couldn’t prevent Upton’s blows from landing and after two more trips to the mat, the fight was waved off.

The victory takes Upton’s professional record to 7-0 (3 KOs) and keeps him on track for his first title shot in 2015.

“I went out there I was just taking my time. I didn’t expect to stop him in the first round. I wanted to get the rounds but it came and I just took the opportunity (to knock him down),” Anthony said afterwards.

Ricky Hatton added: “That’s his second win on the bounce in the first round. There wasn’t much time in there, but there was enough for me to evaluate.

“Everything we’ve been working on in the gym, he’s doing. He’s listening and if every fight could be that quick we’d take it every day.

“I’ve seen enough in that short space of time to know he’s going in the right direction and it’s only a matter of time before he starts putting belts around his waist.”

Anthony’s highly rated siblings, Sonny and Pauly, should have also appeared on the card but were forced to withdraw due to illness and injury.


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