Winning start for Haroon Khan
Haroon Khan marked his professional debut with a 40-37 points win over Lincoln's Brett Fidoe at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield tonight.
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The 21-year-old younger brother of Amir looked ragged at times but had too much power for his limited opponent, who slipped to his third defeat in four professional bouts.
The younger Khan had taken his time to turn over to the paid ranks after winning a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi representing Pakistan.
He served early notice of his attacking intent by backing Fidoe into a neutral corner on the back of a strong left hand, but the game Fidoe did a good job of preventing the favourite gaining too much momentum.
Khan pressed home his advantage in the second and third but Fidoe regrouped for a strong fourth and last round, landing a couple of right hands of his own and doing enough to share it on the referee's card.
Khan admitted: "I could have fought better and there was a lot more pressure out there. But I felt good and I'm glad I got the win.
"Now I'm looking to get going in my next few fights."
Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo speared home a stunning right hand to knock out Telford's Kieron Gray in the second round and announce his arrival in the professional ranks in style.
Ogogo delivered an inch-perfect shot which rocked back his opponent's head and dumped him heavily to the canvas to end their middleweight contest after exactly two minutes of the round.
It was a magnificent debut by Ogogo who had been rewarded for his exploits in London last summer by being handed a potentially lucrative deal by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.
In truth the result was hardly in doubt with Ogogo being pitched in against a fighter who had won just five of his 19 previous professional bouts.
But as a statement of intent went it could hardly have been more impressive from the likeable Ogogo, who had exuded confidence from the outset of the contest.
Gray came to give it a go but he was clearly not in anywhere approaching Ogogo's class, and the Olympian spent the first three minutes feeling him out and getting used to the professional ring.
A neat right hand towards the end of the first signposted the way the fight was likely to end and as the second round wore on Ogogo gradually became more dominant.
When it came the ending was right out of the top drawer, a first right temporarily stopping Gray in his tracks and a lightning follow-up from the same hand clattering Gray to the canvas.
Despite Gray's game attempts to get to his feet, referee Michael Alexander wisely determined he had seen enough and quickly dispensed with the count to confirm Ogogo's impressive first win.