Ilkeston boxer Russ Henshaw got his professional career off to a winning start on Sunday when he won every round to outpoint Chorley heavyweight Paul Morris at the Meadowside Leisure centre in Burton.
The former Trinity ABC captain dominated every round to take a clear decision on his professional debut, cheered on by an army of fans from Ilkeston.
After three rounds of the four round encounter the Ilkeston heavyweight was in control of a tough fight but was given an insight into the pro game by the 30 fight veteran.
As he went to tap gloves to start the final round, the Manchester boxer stepped back and came back with a big right hand, but the ‘cheap shot’ did not affect the former Trinity star and he was soon back in control to take a popular and deserved decision.
After the fight Henshaw was pleased with his win and the performance.
He said: “It was a tough fight against a tough man but I held it all together and felt comfortable, and to do that against an experienced pro is pleasing.
“I want to say thanks to a great bunch of supporters from my home town - this is really important.
“This is the start of my professional journey and I look forward to sharing it with the Ilkeston boxing fans.”
Henshaw is now looking forward to the next step and will be hoping to make an announcement soon with regard to his next fight.