Hatton happy with ‘Ginja Ninja’ Blaney’s knockout debut

TEN-TIME Irish national amateur champion Chris “Ginja Ninja” Blaney made a seamless transition to the professional ranks on Saturday night, knocking out his opponent in just two rounds.

The Navan super-middleweight dropped David Bauza twice before a series of heavy hooks forced the Czech’s corner to throw in the towel.

“Chris took the pros like a duck to water,” said trainer Ricky Hatton. “He did everything we told him to before the fight and got the guy out of there quickly. I’m made up with his performance.

“Because he had such a glittering amateur career he’d been used to fighting in that whirlwind style, but we got him to take sit down on his punches more and he put our plan in place perfectly.

“Obviously, this was only his first pro fight and there’ll be tougher fights down the road, but I think he’s given everyone a little taste of his potential. I’m expecting big things from him.”

An announcement on Chris’s next pro fight will be made in due course.