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Robin rocking after elusive second win

PUBLISHED: 16:50 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:50 17 July 2013

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Second win for Dupre

Cruiserweight Robin Dupre recorded his long-awaited second pro victory at York Hall on Saturday with an impressive points win over seasoned Preston campaigner Paul Morris on the Goodwin Promotions show.

The Dagenham boxer, who has been waiting for action since winning his pro debut last November, recorded a solid win over a rival who has tested the best cruiserweights around.

The 26-year-old Dupre, trained by former Commonwealth champion Chris Okoh, hopes to stay busier in the autumn after signing a promotional contract with the busy Goodwin Group.

The former Dagenham BC amateur faced another wait on the night, as his bout was delayed until the end of the show after his opponent spent a nightmare nine-hour trip on the motorway.

However, Dupre wasted little time in taking control and, after climbing into the ring to his ‘Rockin Robin’ theme tune, it was soon the veteran Morris who was rocking under an early assualt.

Attacking behind an effective jab, the 2012 London ABA heavyweight champion followed up with solid left and right hooks to send the Preston fighter staggering against the ropes.

Dupre continued the pressure in the rounds that followed, adding effective close-range uppercuts to shake Morris, but his efforts took their toll in the final round when he clearly wilted in the sauna-like conditions at York Hall.

The northern fighter took advantage to land late punches that earned him a share of the round on referee Robert Williams’ scorecard that showed Dupre winning by a 40-37 margin.

The victory brought roars of approval from the Dagenham fighter’s ringside fans and praise from trainer Okoh.

“Robin did well in his second pro fight to handle an experienced campaigner like Morris,” said the former Commonwealth title-holder.

The Dagenham fighter admitted he felt the pace: “It was certainly hard going in the final round, but it was good to put another win on my record.”

The top contest on the bright bill saw Ghana’s unbeaten Richard Commey slam his 16th straight inside-the-distance win, halting Middlebrough’s gallant Paul Truscott in the eighth round.

■ It’s a busy time for members of the Trad TKO Gym boxing squad, including Dagenham duo Eddie Hussein and Paul Upton, named for action on the July 27 York Hall show staged by gym boss Johnny Eames.

The TKO Events York Hall show, topped by a Southern Area title fight between Ian Bailey and Dan Naylor, also features Freddie Turner, Tommy Martin, Ryan Barrett and Michael Grant.

■ Meanwhile, this Saturday, Frank Warren’s big Wembley promotion includes Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO title clash with Irish rival Gary O’Sullivan alongside contests involving unbeaten prospects Frank Buglioni, Billy Morgan and Tom Baker.

Warren ends the season on a high note with a top class show that also parades his stable stars, Dereck Chisora, Carl Frampton and Paul Butler.


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