Macleod’s class and power slays Lithuanian

Isaac Macleod.
Isaac Macleod.
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ANOTHER fight, another win.

That was the tale of Isaac Macleod’s third walk into the ring as a professional.

One of the region’s – and surely the country’s – brightest young prospects, the thrilling Sunderland fighter made it three wins from three when he outpointed Arvydas Trizno.

The 26-year-old from Lithuania had age and experience on his side, but there is no substitute for class and power.

And Macleod displayed both to defeat the man from the Baltic.

An early night looked in prospect when a brilliant right sent Trizno crashing to the canvas. He was up at six and Macleod went to the work though his shots to the head were just as effective.

Macleod boasts a superb jab and he used it superbly in the second round and carried that into the third though a right to the head made Trizno wince, as did two thumping lefts to the body.

The body was the target in the final round as he dominated the smaller man and a 40-35 verdict from referee Andrew Wright was inevitable.

His discipline and effective use of the jab made it a tremendous performance though the dominannce of the jab was revealed afterwards when it emerged he had badly damaged a knuckle on his right hand.

But the 20-year-old, managed by Queensberry Promotions and trained in Manchester by high-profile coach Anthony Farnell, appears to be going places.

Farnell told the Echo: “He was class, I’m so impressed with him.

“Isaac was doing stuff which we had been working on in the gym, which was brilliant.

“That’s the best I’ve seen him.”

Farnell admitted the damage to his right hand effectively killed any hopes of a second stoppage win on his fight log.

But the coach was happy with what he saw over 12 action-packed minutes.

“I’d love him to go through his career knocking them out in the first round,” he said.

“When he hit the lad with a right hook over the top which put him down his knuckle had gone.

“That meant a lot of jabs from then on, but his jab is class.”