Light-middleweight Danny “Kid” Ahrens described his victory over Andrew Patterson in Peterborough as “my best performance to date”.
Although his journeyman opponent was furious when the referee stopped the four-rounder midway through the second, he had taken a battering from the first bell.
With his father Genadi at ringside, the 19-year-old Israeli delighted trainer Spencer Oliver and manager/promoter Robert Waterman with an accomplished display in his third straight win in the pro ranks. Fight fans can judge for themselves as clips from the contest are due to be featured on Sky’s boxing show, Ringside.
Waterman said afterwards that “Danny looked a potential world class fighter for the first time. The action was frenetic but he was poised and balanced. He showed quick hands and threw an array of punches. This gives me the confidence that he is ready to step up. He no longer looks like a novice pro.
"Someone used the phrase ‘he’s got the fight in him’ and it’s true. He really wants to win – he’s so disciplined and dedicated. He loves the training and particularly the sparring."
Waterman added that Ahrens’ post-bout declaration of wanting to fight for a title by the end of 2014 was “not unrealistic” if he continued to progress. "He could have fought a dozen times by then."
Ahrens flew back to Israel after the fight but will return to his Hendon base next week to begin preparations for his next contest, which Waterman expects will be on a bill in Grays, Essex, in early April.