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It All Fell Into Place Perfectly: Terry Russell Reviews His Debut

by Terry Russell

I was the second float, so we were looking for two stoppages for me to go on, and everything fell into place perfectly! I ended up going on right before the main event, so a prime time spot. As far as being a float goes, it couldn’t have been better for me. There’s lot of waiting and running about, but given that I could have been put on after the headline fight when it would have been dead, I got a little bit lucky!

My opponent, Martin Kabrhel, had had four fights, and we knew the last two he won by first round TKO, so I expected him to be a little bit dangerous, to be able to throw. That made me come out switched on from the first bell. It was my debut so really my aspirations for the fight were to pick up the win with as little fuss as possible. I wanted a solid win, I didn’t see me stopping him, I thought it’d go the distance and he’d test me a little bit.

The first thing I noticed in round one was the way he sort of flicked his arm out as a weird kind of jab. It was very unorthodox and also very weak which allowed me to start pressing forward straight away. It changed the game plan a little bit, I could feel that he was nervous on the back foot, so I came forward and was able to apply the pressure, which is how I fight I’m a pressure fighter. I like to come forward, I like to make the opponent miss and I like to make them pay.

He was flicking out this jab and I thought right I’m going to up the pressure on him, making him work. I didn’t expect my shots to connect as quickly and cleanly as they did, but they started to land. Kabrhel hunched over, in a weird curled up shell which exposed his body so I started to look for the right hand to the body. That began landing and he was moving round the ring in only one direction so I knew, step to the right and cut him off and try to clock him a bit more.

In between the rounds my corner were just telling me to keep doing what I was doing, because things were going well. Just keep working behind the jab and frustrating him, up the amount of body shots. Literally as I sat down they said, “just keep doing what you’re doing”.

In the second round Kabrhel threw a right hand at me, I rolled under it and threw a left hook over the top. It was like golf, you know when hit that shot and it feels so smooth and you just know you’ve hit a good shot? It was like that. It landed right on his chin and he went down on his bum, sagged against the ropes. He got up and beat the count and came and tied me up, but I was staying patient, staying relaxed. I didn’t want to put pressure on myself or gas out. I hit him with some more shots at the end of the round but he survived to the third.

About twenty seconds into the third round I caught him with an overhand right and that was it! He went down, the referee counted him out and waved it off. Kabrhel got back up and protested but I think it was a good decision. I don’t want to sound spiteful but I would have been happy for it to go on so I could finish him off properly, that’s just a fighter’s point of view I guess. I was a bit surprised but I’m very happy with the result and the performance. It all fell into place perfectly.

Posted: 10th Oct 2017

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