El Toro admits he has plenty to learn

Joel McIntyre connects with a right hook against Elvis Dube  Picture: Mick Young
Joel McIntyre connects with a right hook against Elvis Dube Picture: Mick Young

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Joel McIntyre chalked up his latest pro win but admitted: I’ve still got a lot to learn.

McIntyre won every round on the way to a 40-36 points verdict over Elvis Dube on Saturday.

But the Leigh Park light-heavyweight struggled to make a strong impression against an opponent who came to survive.

The 24-year-old failed to set a pace and often looked frustrated.

The powerhouse, nicknamed El Toro, admitted it was a night he had to put down as part of his boxing education.

McIntyre said: ‘In training, I’ve tried to change.

‘I’m a natural counter-puncher. I look at what they do and throw back.

‘If I catch them with a good shot I will come forward and hurt them.

‘I’m trying to change that up because it’s not that interesting. It’s not interesting for people to watch, and I know I have massive power.

‘I want to stay busy, get fights and get the belts in.

‘It all comes with experience. I’m a total novice, really.

‘I had 12 amateur bouts and this is my fourth as a pro.

‘So I have to chalk it down to experience and push on.’

Dube was a different character to the one McIntyre met on his debut at the end of 2010.

The Derby boxer looked for the win that night, but was purely looking to go the distance this time around.

McIntyre said: ‘It’s hard to fight someone who’s trying to survive. It’s a nightmare.

‘I feel a bit frustrated. I was meant to have Stefan Hughes, who would come to have a tear-up.

‘But it’s hard to have that with someone who’s surviving.

It’s a win and I’ve won every round. I just I have to learn from this.’