Dream debut for The Bearded Warrior -- but virus grounds McCormack

A STAR IS BORN -- Team Block mates celebrate with Danny Dykes after his debut victory.
A STAR IS BORN -- Team Block mates celebrate with Danny Dykes after his debut victory.

Debut disappointment for one boxer from the Hucknall-based Team Block academy turned into debut delight for another.

For while the eagerly-awaited professional debut of Jack ‘Thunder’ McCormack had to be put on hold, the semi-pro debut of Danny Dykes yielded a stunning victory.

Welterweight McCormack (23) was due to fight veteran Kristian ‘Mr Reliable’ Laight, of Nuneaton, on a bill in Leicestershire. However, he came down with a virus that forced the bout to be cancelled. He is now hoping to arrange a fresh fight before Christmas.

Dykes, meanwhile, decied to jump in at the deep end and tackle an opponent from Doncaster at a show in Mansfield -- even though he had only started boxing three months earlier.

Nicknamed The Bearded Warrior, Dykes had picked up the game really well and had been training hard. But no-one could have exoected the impact he would make in his first contest.

Going at it from the opening bell, he soon found his range, using his long punches. And after landing a beautiful right hand, he followed up with a right uppercut that dropped his opponent to the floor.

The referee waved the fight off, handing Dykes a technical knockout that impressed all at the show, which was promoted by experienced boxer Matt Scriven for ex-military personnel.

Also on the show was ex-Hucknall soldier Jody Enright, who fights for the Robin Hood gym in Mansfield.

Enright produced a tremendous, hard-fought performance, landing some good shots to earn a draw against a more seasoned opponent.

He seems to be following in the footsteps of brother Tom, who fought with distinction for Hucknall’s St George amateur club before joining the Army himself.