Luqmaan ‘Prince’ Patel edged out Brett Fidoe in his second professional bout, but he will be seeking to improve his work-rate.
The flyweight was giving away more than half a stone to his super bantamweight opponent, who has never been knocked out, but fought an intelligent fight to secure the win, although it was closer than he thought it was.
He said: “Considering the weight gap it was a decent performance and while my athleticism wasn’t on show, I’m glad to have the win. You have to keep it basic when you’re the lighter fighter as you don’t want to be caught with anything stupid.
“I knew I was not going to stop him as he’s never been knocked down, but it’s a learning curve.
“The biggest lesson was to improve my work-rate.
“I wasn’t struggling to throw the punches, but I didn’t want to throw the big shots as I didn’t want him to get the opportunities.”
The Hounslow star proudly displays the flags of Britain, India and South Africa, in homage to his parents, and also displays the Brentford FC badge – the team he supports.
And he was grateful to the fans who travelled to York Hall last Friday in order to support him.
Prince added: “I was born and bred in Britain. One of my parents is of Indian heritage and one is of South African heritage. If anyone wants to come and watch me, they’re more than welcome.
“I want to thank the Leander Construction group and Eveready for their backing. The fans that come I consider to be my family as they’re willing to spend their hard earned money to come and watch me.”