Moore awesome power from Ryan

Ryan Moore in action. Picture: Mick Young
Ryan Moore in action. Picture: Mick Young
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Ryan Moore’s flying start to his career continued with his second stoppage on the bounce.

The KO king, from Waterlooville, delivered a devastating third-round finish to his contest with Lithuanian Dmitrij Kalinovskij in Southampton on Saturday night.

That makes it two knockout wins from two for the 24-year-old middleweight, since moving into the paid ranks.

Moore’s power proved too much for Kalinovskij, who was drafted in as a late replacement for the bout.

The 24-year-old dominated throughout, with his stiff jab putting him in charge early on.

Those shots combined with some hurtful hooks soon softened up Kalnovskij, with the pattern set for the first two rounds.

The end came in the third with a straight right buckling Moore’s opponent.

That saw the referee rightly step in to wave the contest off.

It was a confident display from Moore, which again spoke of his promise and power.

His performance drew praise from trainer Michael Ballingall.

Ballingall was impressed with what he saw from his charge – but knows there’s still room for improvement.

He said: ‘Ryan did exactly what he had to do.

‘The plan was to get a few rounds under his belt. It looked like he could have stopped him in the first round.

‘We paced it out but he was soon hurting his opponent with his shots.

‘After the end of the second round I told him to get him out of there.

‘He caught him with a good right up against the ropes and his whole body went.

‘The ref soon jumped in and waved it off.

‘So Ryan got a few rounds in the bag and got the stoppage as well.

‘He was a very, very tall kid and Ryan did get caught with a couple of counters at times.

‘That’s me being picky, though, and looking for areas to improve.

‘All in all, it was a good night’s work.’

Moore’s success builds on his impressive debut win over Iain Jackson at the Mountbatten Centre in March.

He now heads off on holiday following his latest win, before he gets back to work in the gym.

Ballingall will look to keep Moore busy with another outing in September, as he looks to build up a winning record.

He said: ‘Ryan is heading off to Barbados with his partner for a holiday.

‘So we will give him a little bit of rest before getting him back in the gym.

‘The plan is to see him box again in September and keep things moving along.’