Lightweight Jamie Kavanagh notched up his 15th win as a professional when he dispatched Antonio Meza after less than a minute at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, on Friday night.
The 23-year-old finished his opponent in clinical fashion in what was his second outing with new trainer Joel Diaz in his corner.
“I came out in the first round sizing him up to see what type of guy he was," Kavanagh (15-0-1) told the Irish Voice on Sunday. "I threw a jab and followed it with a right. It was the first right hand I hit him with and I saw him react. I jumped on him straight away, and as I hit him to the head, his body was exposed and then I went to the body. He took a knee and couldn't make it up."
Kavanagh added that he believed he broke Meza's nose with the initial right hand shot. Kavanagh will now head to Spain to take a break, but does so in good spirits. He is happy with how his first full camp went with his new trainer as he only had a few weeks with Diaz in June before his last fight.
"Everything went well during this camp. We were able to see positives and negatives and turn the negatives into positives,” Kavanagh said.
“He [Diaz] is able to help me develop as a fighter, and he said that this camp was better because it gave him more time to look at me."
The Golden Boy-promoted fighter has seen facets of his game improve since he joined with Diaz and moved from the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles to Indio. "I am putting more length on the punches and getting low on the defensive side. These are small things, but they are the small things that will make the difference for me in my career," he added.
Kavanagh will maintain his training and conditioning with long-time amateur coach Sedano Ruiz while in Spain, and he hopes to be back in action again in November/December. Meanwhile, super bantamweight Heather Hardy moved to 6-0 with a fourth round TKO victory over Carrie Trost on July 24 at the Roseland Ballroom in midtown Manhattan.
Hardy, 31, was the much stronger woman of the night. After a tentative opening stanza, the Irish American started to work her opponent's body in the second and also bloodied her nose.
Trost had her moments, as Hardy's head was a stationary target for a lot of the fight, despite trainer Devon Cormack's lamentations to keep moving it.
In the fourth, Trost was tiring visibly, and a series of unanswered shots from Hardy forced the California native to take a knee.
Referee Sparkle Lee took a long look at the game Trost, decided that she had taken enough punishment and called a halt to proceedings.
Finally, middleweight Andy Lee (30-2, 21 KOs) is slated to fight Italian Domenico Spada (37-4, 19 KOs) on the undercard of the David Haye/Tyson Fury undercard on September 28 at the Manchester Arena.
Lee has connections with both fighters’ camps. Both Haye and Lee are trained by Adam Booth, and the Limerick man is a cousin of Tyson Fury.
The 29-year-old was last in action on May 15 when he had a first round TKO win over Darryl Cunningham at BB Kings in midtown Manhattan.
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