Kid Kurylak continues march to success

Mark Coombs, left, impressed in his second professional fight
Mark Coombs, left, impressed in his second professional fight
Ivy-Jane Smith. Picture: England Boxing

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Mark Coombs’ charge in the professional ranks continued with a durable second professional success.

And he was joined by stable-mates Floyd Moore and Darren Harbut, who were both winners in Southampton.

Coombs overcame Brighton’s Iain Jackson on points in a light-middleweight contest to make it two wins out of two since turning to the paid ranks.

The Portsmouth talent, nicknamed Kid Kurylak, gave away significant weight to his opponent on the way to the decision.

That meant Coombs had to concentrate on his boxing skills over forcing his rival on to the back foot.

His trainer Michael Ballingall believes that allowed the fight to be a good learning experience for him as he makes his way in the sport.

Coombs conceded eight pounds to Jackson, who weighed in at 11st 10lb.

But that didn’t stop Coombs dominating his opponent, with a stoppage looking increasingly likely as the fight wore on.

Ballingall said: ‘Mark won well on points – but he had to work for it.

‘It was very hot in the club and Mark was giving away a fair bit of weight.

‘The other lad was trying to take Mark’s head off and walk him down. So he worked well behind the jab and boxed him on the outside.

‘Mark started to get through to him by the last round and was finishing the stronger. It was just a little too late but he still managed to get his win.

‘It was a good experience for him because he realises now he’s not going to just knock people out.

‘The pro game is a hard game and he knows that now.’

Coombs’ performance did enough to make an impression on some big names at the show.

Promoter Frank Maloney was ringside and kept a watchful eye on the 2-0 man.

Ballingall will now look to get Coombs out again quickly as he builds up his career.

A week off is on the cards before he looks towards making his next step.

Ballingall wants his man to stay in shape all the time so they can take any opportunities which come their way at short notice.

He said: ‘Frank Maloney was at the show and asked who Mark was.

‘People will start to take notice of him if he continues developing.

‘He’ll have a week off now and we’ll then look to go again.

‘We have had some good help with the boys from experienced people like Frankie Hopkins, Tony Oakey and James Lee.

‘We don’t want to waste the experience they’ve been able to pass on.

‘I want Mark ready to take a fight, so he has to stay in shape.

‘I don’t want any excuses. He has to be ready.’