MILCH

Turai (left) feels the full force of a Milch right-hander. Picture: Philip Sharkey

Boxer Tony Milch maintained his 100 percent winning start to his professional career with what he claimed was the best win of his six fights to date.

The 33-year-old beat Hungarian Zoltan Turai on points in a Light middleweight contest and delighted with the win against an opponent he described as being his toughest yet, said: “The fight was all-action. I went out there to meet fire-with-fire, with all guns blazing and it was a great win.

“After my last fight, I felt people were being polite in saying ‘well done, you were in there with a tricky guy’, but in their hearts they wanted to see more. And I think they got this with this one.”

And believing his opponent brought the best out of him, he said: “Compared to my last fight, this was an all-action fight. The guy came to fight, he wasn’t elusive, he was fighting, came over with a strong record. He was ambitious, I took the punches he threw, it wasn’t all one-way traffic, he tried his hardest. He came from an MMA background and had four knockouts from six fights, losing the other two. I want to fight someone who’s coming for a fight, as that will bring out the best in me. This was the best win of my pro career just simply because of his record, he was a good fighter. I was in great shape and he brought out the best in me.”

Also happy with how his hand held out – having previously seen an injury to his hand sideline him for six months, he said: “My hand held up for such a big fight, I hit him on the top of my head and my hands held up, they’re bruised, black and blue after the fight but the bones are all fine.

The four-round fight was stopped in the final round after Turai received a cut above his eye, but Milch was already way ahead on points at that stage. And happy with how he fought, he said: “The first round I really put it on him, I knew if I moved him the whole fight he would gain confidence as he was coming for the win but I was throwing hundreds of punches around, and hurt him in the first.

“The second round was pretty close, I made him miss shots by using my skill, he was predictable as he was coming in looking for the knockout and I was able to beat him on the movement. The third round was a good one and then the fourth we clashed heads, he came out the worst from it, with a bad cut under his right eye. His face was a mess anyway because I was landing so many punches on him. He was easy to hit as he was coming forward, but once he got the cut the referee said the doctor must see it and he waved the fight off. It went to the judge’s scorecard, I was ahead on points and had the fight won.”

With six wins under his belt, he’s now looking towards 2015 as a big year for him in terms of challenging for area titles and appearing on televised cards. He said: “I’m still progressing, still learning and am going to move on to a six-rounder now, we’re looking at the area titles for next year, towards the end of 2015, by which time I should be on my tenth fight. My promoter’s also said he can get me a couple of televised fights next year, which is what I want to do. I want to raise it now, I’m having all these tests and am getting through them.”

Still hoping to get a sponsor on board, he will though be taking a bit of time out ahead of fight number seven, scheduled for February.

“I’ll be letting my body rest for the next couple of weeks” he said, “I’ll do a bit of weights, nothing too much. I will then get back onto the strenthgening and conditioning over December, and come 1 January start a seven-week training camp, for roughly mid-February which will be the next fight.
“I didn’t have much of a break from my last fight, which was just a month ago, so will take a bit of time out now and look towards having a brilliant 2015.”