Ben Whittaker reflects on pro debut and promises after 'one-hitter-quitter' there's much more to come

Ben Whittaker reflects on pro debut and promises after 'one-hitter-quitter' there's much more to come

Ben Whittaker knows how to make an entrance. On Saturday he had his first contest as a professional fighter. The bout only lasted four minutes and 21 seconds (including the one-minute break after the opening round) yet it was enough for the Olympic silver medallist to announce himself.

Against Greg O'Neill in Bournemouth, he put his showboating and his willingness to engage with both the crowd in the arena and his opponent in the ring on full display in the first three minutes.

Returning to his corner, trainer SugarHill Steward told him: "Okay, you've had your fun. He's very frustrated, I can see that and he's starting to gas out a bit now. So all you have to do is keep touching him with your jab. When you feel right put that right hand on him."

Whittaker followed that guidance precisely. Twenty seconds later he was up off his stool, out in the centre of the ring. His right shot down and left his opponent laid out on the canvas.

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