Bicester boxer Daza Usher powered to his second knockout victory in a matter of weeks when he needed less than one round to see off the previously unbeaten Karl Wiggins at the weekend.
Having claimed the British Masters Championship with an eighth-round stoppage victory over Vinzenz Kuech just two weeks earlier, Usher was keen to maintain his momentum when he took on Birmingham-based Wiggins.
The professional welterweight fighter said: “Although it had only been a few weeks since my British Masters Championship victory, I felt that I was fit and ready to box again so took the opportunity to keep the momentum going.
“I was matched against the Karl Wiggins on a dinner show at Villa Park Football stadium. The fight was scheduled for six three-minute rounds and was made at welterweight.”
Just like his previous fight, Usher went into the contest as slight underdog given that Wiggins was the home favourite and had won all five of his previous encounters.
Wiggins also held a distinct weight advantage of five pounds with Usher weighing at 10 stones and eight pounds.
“I am still on a high from winning my first professional title so this victory has made it all the sweeter for me.”Daza Usher
The home fighter was backed by an army of supporters who made their presence known before and during the fight, but an unfazed Usher began the contest well, using his fast jab to good effect to test Wiggins in the early stages.
The Bicester man said: “My jab was landing nicely so I started to let my right cross go. Around a minute into the contest I landed a sharp one-two combination that made the strong and muscular Wiggins take a step back.
“After Wiggins was out-boxed for most of the first round, he committed himself with a salvo of punches and as he stepped into range, I threw a fast counter right hand that landed clean on the chin.
“Wiggins fell back onto his heels with only the ropes keeping him up. I saw my opponent was hurt so went for the finish. I threw another three-punch combination that landed cleanly.
“The referee could see that Wiggins was in no position to defend himself so jumped in to save Wiggins from taking further punishment.”
The official result was a technical knockout victory in the first round, which takes Usher’s overall record to nine wins and four defeats.
The 31-year-old added: “I’m really pleased with my recent run of victories and I’m keen to keep the ball rolling.
“I am still on a high from winning my first professional title so this victory has made it all the sweeter for me. I love boxing and it’s great to be able to pass my knowledge onto others at the Bicester Boxing Club.”