GB Olympic gold boy Galal Yafai jumped to pro with a ruthless finish in the fifth round against Mexican Carlos Bautista.
Seven months after winning a flyweight gold medal at delayed matches in Tokyo, 29-year-old Yafai turned down the traditional four- or six-round intro and Sign up for the 10th round with a live opponent.
And he was in the pay game like duck to water, hunting big shots and knocking them into Bautista’s ribs and face until the corner saved him after five innings on the side.
“I enjoyed being there, he was a tough opponent, I caught him with big shots and he’s not going,” Yafai said.
“I’ve been waiting so long to make my professional debut and it’s everything I hoped and dreamed of.
“I want to move at a fast pace, I want to be elevated and be a world champion.”
There are whip hooks to the body and straight arrow-like lines that cut through the visitor’s guard in the open gear.
Yafai checked his beard at the second when Bautista left a hook but he passed the test and retaliated generously.
The 8th Division is barely known for knockouts but Yafai was precise and punishing, beating Bautista late in the inning and narrowly ending early.
Birmingham’s ace was cut again at the head of the three but absorbed the blows and returned fire, smiling as he carried out the attacks.
The right part of Bautista’s face is a horrible mess before the third part ends as his cheeks swell up into his eyes.
And when the brave Bautista was defeated in the fifth, even though he beat the count, his team threw the scarf and the benevolent Yafai informed official Mark Lyson of the surrender.
And the youngest of three fighting brothers won’t waste time setting up his next bout as he aims to be world champion in his first 10 pro fights.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17789218/olympic-galal-yafai-debut-knockout/ Olympic gold champion Galal Yafai wins his professional debut in knockout style with a yellow card from Lawrence Okolie