Dumbarton welterweight Martin Harkin continued his rise in professional boxing with a convincing win over Victor Edagha on Thursday night.
The 24-year-old topped the bill at the Radisson Blu Hotel securing a 60-54 points victory over the Italian, winning every round against the tricky opponent.
The St Andrew’s Sporting event was in honour of former WBO World Flyweight Champion Pat Clinton, 25 years after the Croy fighter won his title fight against Isidro Perez. And Harkin says receiving praise from Clinton after his fight capped off a good night, picking up his third victory since turning pro.
He said:” I was speaking to him after the fight and he said I’m a really good prospect, he likes my style and told me to take each fight one at a time and hopefully build up to bigger fights. It meant a lot to me coming from someone of his calibre and it gives me confidence going forward.”
Edagha proved an awkward opponent, throwing wild punches and was often very defensive throughout the fight.
And while it was another resounding win, with Harkin winning every round so far in his pro career, he insists there is room for improvement. He added: “I won every round, but I would have liked to have landed some more punches, but again it’s the style of opponent I fought last night. Sometimes these fighters are the most difficult to fight.
“I know how I can perform in the gym, and know I’ve beaten better opponents before.
“During the fight my coach Danny [Lees] he was just telling me to capitalise on mistakes my opponent was making. He said after the fight that he knows how good I can be and he expects better of me. But I expect better of myself at times as well.”
And the Dumbarton boxer hopes to have his next fight in June, after stepping up to six rounds for the first time. His two fights were four rounders, and Harkin hopes he can stay at that level before moving onto title fights.
He said: “I don’t think I’ll step down to four rounds, if I had a choice I’d prefer to do six or eight rounds from now on. I like the fact it’s longer rounds as you can settle into the fight more.”