Punisher serves up pain on way to latest win

Josh Pritchard, right
Josh Pritchard, right
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JOSH PRITCHARD stretched his unbeaten record to five fights as he continued his path up the boxing learning curve.

The Punisher furthered his education as he got four rounds under his belt against French journeyman Jean Noel Alvarez on Friday night.

Josh bossed it and won comfortably.

Aaron Pritchard

Pritchard chalked up a 40-36 points win in Edinburgh against an awkward southpaw opponent.

The Purbrook featherweight was in control from start to finish and showcased his full repertoire of hurtful body shots.

He couldn’t bring an early finish to the night, however, against a durable opponent whose ambition was limited to seeing the final bell.

The McGuigan stable boxer gained valuable experience, however, from his night’s work, as well as getting rounds in the bank.

And, despite the eye-catching nature of stoppages, that would have proved more valuable to his development than getting the knockout.

His father, Aaron, was pleased with what he saw and the dominant nature of his display.

He said: ‘Josh bossed it and won comfortably.

‘He controlled it. His opponent came to survive and didn’t want to fight.

‘He tucked up well and wanted to get through it.

‘But it was a chance to try out bits and pieces he’s been working on in the gym.

‘Josh has stopped his last two opponents.

‘That always looks good on the record but he would have learnt more from getting the rounds under his belt.’

Pritchard’s performance saw him earn plaudits from respected figures in the fight game.

Scotland’s former world champion, Alex Arthur, watched his fight and had words of praise for the 21-year-old afterwards.

Manager Barry McGuigan was also happy with what he saw from his charge north of the border.

After two quickfire contests there will be no let-up for Pritchard as he returns to the gym next week.

The plan is for him to fight again before the end of November.

It will be the continuation of a pro journey which has seen him already fight in four countries.

Father, Aaron, said: ‘Barry McGuigan was happy with his performance.

‘Alex Arthur was there and Josh had the chance to have a nice, long chat which was all positive.

‘He’s been to different parts of the country.

‘There were lots of fans there and it helps with his education. Now he wants to stay busy.’