Tony Milch maintained his unbeaten record as he claimed his 13 professional victory on Saturday night, though admitted to being “disappointed” with his overall performance.
Beating Lithuanian Arvydas Tryzno on points, the referee awarding the fight 58-57 in favour of the 36-year-old, he said: “I was a little bit disappointed with my performance tonight, I’m not making any excuses, but it was so hot in here – I was shvitzing – full-on shvitzing! I felt very flat out there, and not as sharp as usual, but I had to grit my teeth at times.”
Describing the six rounds as a ‘learning experience’, he said: “The guy was coming for a win, he wanted to take my head off, so I had to listen to my coach Ian Burbedge and box to instruction. I moved around and boxed from the outside, but it was a great learning fight.”
Believing being out of the ring for half a year may have contributed to his performance, he said: “Six months out of the ring is a long time out of the ring, my coaches kept me busy, but it is a long time out. Keeping busy is the key, you can spar but it’s not the same as being in the ring.
“I had to dig, it was a tough night, but as I said it’s a great learning curve. I wouldn’t say it was frustrating, I felt flat myself, but that’s’ nothing to do with him, I give him full credit, he came to win – and to win by knock out, whereas for me, I wanted to show my skills tonight, which I wasn’t fully able to do.”