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Takeley super-middleweight fighter John Hedges beats Jan Ardon on his professional boxing debut in Milton Keynes

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John Hedges says there is a lot more to come from him after he won on his professional debut against Jan Ardon.

The 18-year-old Takeley fighter, competing at super-middleweight, saw off his Manchester-based Czech opponent 39-37 on points at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

His first bout in the paid ranks was on the undercard of the Joshua Buatsi versus Marko Calic fight, which the former won to retain his WBA International light-heavyweight title, and was shown live on Sky Sports.

John Hedges beat Jan Ardon on his professional debut. Picture: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing (42549221)
John Hedges beat Jan Ardon on his professional debut. Picture: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing (42549221)

He was caught a couple of times in the contest, which comprised four three-minute rounds, but the teenager landed some decent left hands and left hooks to secure the victory.

And Hedges, who went to Forest Hall School in Stansted, and signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing in June, expects to impress more in the future.

"I feel like I did enough to get the win," said the 6ft 5in southpaw, who began his career under the guidance of Scott Gleed at Bishop's Stortford Amateur Boxing Club and now trains at Hoddesdon Boxing Academy with coach Sab Leo.

"It wasn't a good performance from me in my opinion. I know what my ability is, and I know it's better than that. No excuses really.

"There's a better performance in John Hedges. You'll see it next time, I can promise that.

"I rate my chin for my age. I didn't feel the shots and I didn't feel fazed by them. It's the first time boxing without a head guard and the first-time boxing with 10oz gloves.

"I got the win today but I've got a lot more to show. I'll never forget this experience for as long as I live. It has been the best five days of my life, and the win has just topped it off."

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