Gym 01's Hardy toasts Shock N Awe main-event TKO victoryÂ

Cameron Hardy toasted his Shock N Awe 28 main-event victory and declared: My hard work is paying off.Â

Tuesday, 20th November 2018, 3:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th November 2018, 5:18 pm
Cameron Hardy toasts his victory over Jean Do Duc at Shock N Awe 28. Picture: Vernon Nash

The Royal Nay talent delivered an impressive first-round TKO victory over Jean Do Duc at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday.

Hardy, who trains at Fratton's Gym 01, finished the fight inside three minutes via ground-and-pound punches.

He extended his professional record to 4-1 and is undefeated since his debut. 

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Hardy admitted he had some nervous heading into the contest, having not been able to watch any previous footage of Do Duc. 

Yet the 23-year-old made light work of the Frenchman, controlling him on the mat before finishing the battle with a string of unanswered punches from full mount. 

With a boxing background, Hardy admitted he previously didn't focus too much on his ground game. 

The Darlington-born ace has recently taken a keen interest in that aspect of things, however, and is reaping the rewards.

Hardy said: '˜It was probably one of the most nervous fights I've been in because there was no footage of him.

'˜I wouldn't care if I was coming up against a world-class striker or world-class grappler as long as I'd watched a bit of footage.

'˜But because there wasn't any I went into the unknown.

'˜It didn't throw me but I didn't know what to expect, so I was well happy with how it went.

'˜I felt in control the whole time. I was never worried, even when the fight was up against the cage I felt absolutely fine. 

'˜It was good for me on the ground. I just used to practice what I liked, which is my stand up.

'˜Now I'm putting myself out of my comfort zone, especially with the classes that Brian (Adams) puts on. 

'˜That's how you improve as a fighter. I wasn't that interested in the ground work but now I have taken a big interest in it and it's starting to pay off.

'˜I went 3-0 as an amateur and took a tough first fight as a professional and I learned from that.

'˜I feel like getting I'm getting better every fight and put a lot of effort in outside Gym 01.'

Hardy did drop to the canvas against Do Duc after being clipped with a left hook.

But he insisted he slipped and never felt troubled.

'˜I went down but it was just a slip,' said the Gym 01 charge. 

'˜You can see that on the footage. He did clip me but you can see that my back leg slipped out.

'˜It didn't hurt me at all, I was absolutely fine.'