John Hedges was delighted with his mature performance as he stopped Robert Baltaru in the third round at the O2 Arena to make it six unbeaten in professional boxing
John Hedges was delighted with his mature performance as he stopped Robert Baltaru in the third round at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.
The Takeley fighter beat his Portuguese opponent in front of a packed crowd at the London venue on the undercard of the all-British light-heavyweight bout between Joshua Buatsi and Craig Richards.
The victory means Hedges, 20, has now won six out of six contests since turning pro. It also ended Baltaru's three-fight unbeaten run at the start of his own professional career.
The 6ft 5in southpaw, who attended Forest Hall School in Stansted, took control of the light-heavyweight contest from the off before hitting his opponent with a brilliant left cross which sent him to the deck and ultimately forced referee Lee Every to stop it in the third of six rounds.
"It was a career-best performance, I've been told by many, and was an entertaining one," said Hedges, who is part of promoter Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing stable and is coached by Mark Tibbs.
"It was my first fight against another undefeated opponent as a professional and a showreel knockout to top it off.
"Baltaru came to win which was great for me as it meant he was walking into punches from the first round.
"It was a great performance to show how I'm maturing into the pro ranks and getting stronger each fight."