Ge­orge’s 59 sec­ond KO in first round

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - JOSEPH PEAR­SON

Hamil­ton boxer Cairo Ge­orge won on his re­turn to Singapore with a dev­as­tat­ing knock­out 59 sec­onds into the first round.

Ge­orge beat Sin­ga­porean Spencer Zhang on ‘ The Roar of Singapore III’ show in a su­per light­weight bout that was broad­cast to mil­lions across Europe and Asia.

The ‘‘Waikato War­rior’’ bounced back af­ter los­ing his IBO Asia-Pa­cific ti­tle as a wel­ter­weight to In­done­sia’s Ste­vie On­gen Fer­di­nan­dus via unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in May.

It was Ge­orge’s first pro­fes­sional loss but knock­ing out Zhang takes the Kiwi fighter’s record to 14 wins and one loss since turn­ing pro in 2012.

His last trip to Singapore was dis­rupted by an eye in­fec­tion, a torn ro­ta­tor cuff in his shoul­der, and more than 24 hours of travel just days be­fore fight­ing Fer­di­nan­dus.

Ge­orge had only fought once in two years prior to fac­ing Fer­di­nan­dus be­cause of two breaks and surgery on the same hand. But win­ning two fights in NZ against Nick Hikuroa and Ricky Curline meant Ge­orge was ‘‘a lot bet­ter pre­pared’’ for his re­turn to Singapore.

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