El Toro shows new ruthless streak

Joel McIntyre celebrates his victory. Picture: Mick Young
Joel McIntyre celebrates his victory. Picture: Mick Young
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JOEL McINTYRE believes he is finding his killer instinct in the fight game.

McIntyre floored Romanian Mihai Macovei four times on the way to a fourth-round stoppage at the Mountbatten Centre on Friday.

That gave El Toro just his second stoppage from 12 contests since turning pro in 2010.

For someone who possesses decent power that’s a relatively low return.

Coasting, at times, in contests and not going for the jugular when the opportunities have presented themselves have been factors in that.

That wasn’t the case on Friday night, though, as McIntyre stepped on the gas and floored his rival three times in the third.

Crushing right hooks were at the heart of those knockdowns and McIntyre is now looking to continue that ruthless streak when he senses blood.

And the 26-year-old is keen to get into contention for a British title shot in 2015.

McIntyre said: ‘I’ve been told I’ve lacked that ability to know when to put it on someone in my career.

‘I know I’m fit enough so I don’t need to worry about that or doubt my fitness.

‘So I have to step on the gas when the time is right and go for it.

‘They told me I’ll get people out of there if I did that – and that’s what happened.

‘The power is coming and has always been there.

‘It’s just a case of schooling and when to go for the kill.

‘My whole career has been learning so far. I’m learning the trade. But we’re looking for British level.

‘I want to be challenging for titles.’

Meanwhile, Leigh Park man Biola Kudus celebrated the perfect start to his pro career with a stoppage of Lyubomir Metodiev.

One punch was all it took for the cruiserweight to end the show in the third round with a hurtful short right as Metodiev charged in.

The Bulgarian never looked likely to beat the count to the delight of a strong support for the cruiserweight.

There were natural signs of a lack of experience in the former Heart of Portsmouth amateur’s performance.

But the 28-year-old certainly has the tools to make a mark with height and a long jab on his side.

Kudus made that count but needed more authority behind some of his shots.

Learning to deal with the roughhouse tactics Metodiev presented will be part of his education, too.

There’s certainly concussive power in his arsenal, though, which could make Kudus an exciting prospect to watch.

Titchfield’s Danny Couzens shook off the ring rust after more than a year out with a 40-37 points win over Curtis Gargano.

The pace was a slow one but the verdict was never in doubt as Couzens made his useful jab count.

Now the light-heavyweight can look forward to moving towards a title shot in 2015 after twice previously fighting for Southern Area titles.