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Ibz Mercan made his pro debut on the Attrition bill at York Hall, and Hellraiser caught up with the popular Lewisham boy for a quick reflection on his debut victory and his plans for his upcoming fight. The light heavyweight brought an army of fans to his first professional fight, and they did a good job of keeping the atmosphere going after the cacophony of the main event. Speaking before the fight Ibz was quietly confident, and stated his belief he has the ability to box or brawl depending what is put in front of him. Promoter MIckey Helliet was glowing in his admiration for the effort and enthusiasm the novice fighter had been putting in, saying at the press conference that fighters with Ibz’s attitude was the one of the reasons he enjoys working in the sport.

The prospect of facing Bulgaria’s Merdjidin Yuseinov (7-18-2, 2 KOs), a shorter and stockier athlete, didn’t phase Mercan in the least, simply the first step of his ambition to go “all the way”. To the cheers, and shouted directions, of his friends and family Ibz began round one at a high pace, and when he used his jab was in complete control. Yuseinov would duck down and come swinging over the top when the left wasn’t being utilised to prevent his doing so. However in the second the Bulgarian went down, against the ropes. Ibz reflected of the knockdown that he “caught him with a good shot. I could have got him out of there if there had been a bit longer.” Twenty six fights worth of experience helped Yuseinov survive the round, and the remaining two. The Rousse man made it competitive, but never looked on top as Ibz shook off some understandable, “nerves and ring rust”, after two years out of the squared circle.

Now back in the gym, the twenty six year old Mercan described his debut succinctly as “good” and plans to be out on April 8th 2017, against a “similar sort of opponent, an international fighter”. Although he’s not worried about style or size, planning to “keep it simple” and stick to his boxing. Typifying Ibz’s eager and confident affect he describes his game plan as, “if I can knock him out, I will. Otherwise I’ll box and win every round.” After winning his debut four rounder by five points, with a knockdown, either outcome would be entirely likely. Mickey Helliet wanted to personally wish him well, “Ibz’s infectious enthusiasm and attitude have everyone at Hellraiser rooting for him and wishing him the best.”  

Posted: 28th Mar 2017

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