TRAINER Anthony Farnell is confident Isaac Macleod is set for the brightest of futures and admits he will find it hard “to hold him back”.
The Sunderland boxer had a glittering junior career, winning medals and titles galore at the top of the amateur game.
And he has begun life as a professional in breathtaking fashion, winning all three of his pro bouts.
Macleod looks destined for the top and with Queensberry Promotions managing him and Farnell in his corner, you would perhaps not expect anything else.
“I think in another 18 months, he can have a belt around his waist,” Farnell told the Echo.
“It’s going to be hard to hold him back, but he is only young, he’s just 20.
“But I see him in the gym every day, he can match the lads who are already doing title fights already.
“I’ll try to hold him back a bit but when the time and chance comes, I know he’ll take it.
The 20-year-old trains with Farnell in Manchester and that alliance is clearly bearing fruit on the evidence of Friday night’s win over Arvydas Trizno.
The Lithuanian was decked in the first round from a right hook but hopes of a KO were dashed after damaging a knuckle.
However, that injury meant Macleod needed to show his skills rather than his brute force.
“I’d love him to knock them out in the first round, it makes for less wear and tear on the body,” explained Farnell, who says he has been merely enhancing the boxer who joined him
“After his knuckle went it was jabs and more jabs, but he was class.
“That’s the best I’ve seen Isaac.
“He’s done class so far since he turned pro.
“Sometimes when a boxer turns over you have to change them totally.
“But he was a great amateur and already had a good pro style and credit must go to his amateur trainers who’ve done a fantastic job with him.
“We gelled straight away and he’s so dedicated.
“He trains in Manchester during the week and goes home weekends.
“His dedication and attitude are excellent, he’s first in and last out of the gym.”
Farnell has seen it all in his career, WBU world champ as a boxer and a world title-winning trainer.
But he was knocked out by the Macleod following at the Borough Hall on Friday night.
“Isaac has got a great crowd behind him,” said the coach known as Arnie.
“He’s a top person, a real nice guy and I think that’s one of the reasons he’s so popular.”