It’s a birthday blitz from Punisher

Josh Pritchard, right, in action against Aron Szilagy earlier this year Picture: Colm Lenghan
Josh Pritchard, right, in action against Aron Szilagy earlier this year Picture: Colm Lenghan
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JOSH PRITCHARD celebrated his 21st birthday by serving up his first professional stoppage in Germany.

The Purbrook featherweight made it three professional wins on the bounce with a display of fearsome punching to stop Hungarian Ignac Kassai.

Pritchard, nicknamed the Punisher, gave Kassai two counts on the way to a first-round success in Bielfield in the hastily-arranged contest.

The former Moneyfields amateur, who is signed to Barry McGuigan’s CWM Cyclone stable, showed he possesses the kind of hurtful body shots which will suit the pro game.

It was a hastily-arranged meeting with Kassai after the pair were due to meet in Madrid last week.

That show was cancelled at the last minute, however, and led to a new date on Thursday.

And the display he served up was the perfect 21st birthday present, after hitting the landmark yesterday.

Kassai was taken three rounds by Pritchard’s’ stablemate – Irish world champion Carl Frampton – in a previous contest.

But Pritchard took little time in putting away his opponent.

Father, Aaron Pritchard, said: ‘They were due to box in Madrid until it was cancelled at the 11th hour, but the team managed to get it on in Germany instead.

‘He boxed fantastically. It was really good to see. You can see the significant improvement he’s made in the last seven months since linking up with the McGuigans.

‘It was a small venue and show but a good quality of boxing.

‘Josh was a little unlucky not to get stoppages previously.

‘They were both very one-sided contests.

‘So he was keen to get that one under his belt.

‘They have been working on a lot of stuff in the gym and you can see he possesses power in both hands.

‘He certainly showed that was the case.

‘It’s his birthday so he’s over the moon with what has happened.

‘Josh wanted to box before his birthday, he wanted to get the win and the stoppage – and that’s exactly what has happened.’

Pritchard now has some time away from the ring and gym lined up after a busy period. Then he will be looking towards a return in Scotland, most probably in September.

‘Josh is going to have a week off and stay out of the gym for a week,’ said Pritchard senior.

‘He’s going to have a little bit of time to enjoy himself and celebrate his birthday.

‘Then it will be straight back to work in the gym and looking towards September.

‘He’s a hard-working lad and he is super dedicated to the sport and succeeding.

‘He’s grabbing the opportunity he’s been given with both hands.’