The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Stuart’s switch seals his perfect 10 record
Undefeated superbantamweight Billy Stuart extended his flawless pro record to 10 wins after experimenting with switch-hitting.
The 21-year-old shifted between his orthodox style and southpaw in a 59-56 defeat of Brett Fidoe at the Hilton Treetops Hotel in Aberdeen.
Fidoe was a late replacement for scheduled opponent Theophilus Tetteh after the Ghanaian national champion pulled out.
After that late change in opponent, Stuart did some last minute studying of Fidoe and came up with his plan.
It paid off as the Macduff fighter dominated all rounds, bar the sixth, to extend his in-ring record to a perfect 10.
He said: “Fidoe was a last minute replacement
“I felt he was doing better when I was orthodox”
and I watched a few videos of him on the night before the fight.
“I realised he struggled against southpaws.
“I did have some success at southpaw and when I went back to orthodox I was catching him with my right hand.
“I felt he was doing better when I was orthodox rather than southpaw.
“So I made sure I switched now and again.
“I made a few mistakes especially in the last round when I hit him with a few good shots and hurt him.
“I should have done in the final round what I had done from the opening rounds.
“I hit him flush and I felt it inside my glove but he was a tough fighter.
“I expected him to be tough.
“He used his physical abilities well and was coming in and moving his head a lot.”