The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Stu­art’s switch seals his per­fect 10 record

- Sports · Treetops Hotel

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.”

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