Sunderland prospect in fine form

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MAKING bold predictions in boxing is an every day part of the game.

But writing that Isaac Macleod is destined to go a long, long way is hardly sticking out one’s neck.

The Sunderland welterweight, roared on by an army of supporters, was superb from the opening bell and justified the decision by Queensberry Promotions to make him one of their prospects.

Macleod made it two wins from two since turning professional when he outpointed Robert Blazo at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

The 20-year-old opened up the Colossal show in style, outboxing an opponent who had over 200 rounds of pro experience under his belt.

In fact, the 30-year-old Slovakian was up at middleweight in his last outing where he knocked his rival out. But Macleod took the opponent in his stride, referee Graeme Williams awarding him all four rounds.

The Sunderland welterweight, roared on by an army of supporters, was superb from the opening bell and justified the decision by Queensberry Promotions to make him one of their prospects.

Macleod, as he had predicted in Saturday’s Echo, would try a switch to southpaw.

And he did that to good effect for a stint in the first with his jab finding the target every time.

“Combinations” came the instruction from trainer Anthony Farnell in the blue corner and he followed his orders to the letter, his handspeed allowing him to connect to the head and body of the 30-year-old.

Macleod worked well to the body in the middle sessions but landed successfully to the head for good measure.

Blazo had operated a good defence - he needed to - but at the start of the last he chucked two big lefts.

Macleod took it in his stride and rather than get carried away and retaliate in kind, he boxed the final round with a measured assurance.

It was a flawless performance and an exciting way to open the bill.

“He was an awkward opponent, who didn’t give much away,” said the former world junior silver medallist, who is managed and promoted by the Warrens.

“He seemed to be lining me up for one big shot, so you have to be careful.

“I was happy with my performance but I always think there is better to come and I’ll keep working with Arnie [Farnell] to make those improvements.

“He was over the moon with me but I think there is alot mote to come.”

While one young unbeaten Wearside prospect opened the show in style, another brought the curtain down on the 10-fight bill at the Houghton venue with a victory.

Jordan King, from next door Hetton, made it four wins from four since turning pro, by beating Mark Till by the same scoreline.

The 22-year-old was not short of a noisy following himself and he entertained them from start to finish.

Till, from Stoke, adopted a no-nonsense approach but King caught him with one clubbing left in the first which slowed down his advances.

The Potteries fighter tried a similar tack in the second only to get trapped in the neutral corner and come under heavy fire.

King used his movement and accuracy in the final two rounds, connecting to the head of Till on a regular basis to get the decision from referee Steve Hawkins.