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Boxing: Weaver impresses in debut victory
IAIN Weaver made a winning start to his professional boxing career – and netted himself a new manager in the process.
Weaver’s father Jay revealed that his son was set to sign with Gary Hyde after impressing during his maiden appearance in the paid ranks.
The Ferndown fighter secured a points victory against Polish opponent Damian Lawniczak over four three-minute rounds at York Hall last night.
Weaver senior told the Daily Echo: “Iain boxed phenomenally well. He won all four rounds and it was very good.
“The support he had was amazing. He did very well and handled the four three-minute rounds with no problems at all.”
The 23-year-old had endured a long wait for his pro debut since the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) rejected his application for a British licence after a brain scan showed a cyst.
Despite the Weaver camp reporting that the former amateur star had received the all-clear from two different neurosurgeons, the BBBofC has not shifted its stance during a long-running and public battle.
But Weaver was allowed to make his debut in London as the show was sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.
Looking to the future, Weaver senior added: “The other good bit of news is that Gary Hyde wants to be his manager and he reckons he is going to take Iain all the way to the top. We want to stay with Al Smith as Iain’s trainer and sign with Gary Hyde as his manager.”
Hyde manages WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.