Switch doing the trick for El Toro

.'Joel McIntyre after his win over Egidijus Kakstys    'Picture: Mick Young
.'Joel McIntyre after his win over Egidijus Kakstys 'Picture: Mick Young
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Joel McIntyre chalked up his first professional stoppage and insisted: It’s time to get on a roll.

McIntyre blasted out Lithuanian Egidijus Kakstys in three rounds on Saturday to take his record to 5-0.

The fighter known as ‘El Toro’ believes he is reaping the benefits of the move to Johnny Eames’ TKO Gym in London after picking up the win in the cruiserweight contest.

McIntyre looked confident throughout and worked impressively behind his jab.

There was some switch hitting from the 24-year-old in the second, before a flurry of left and rights forced Kakstys to take a knee in the third.

More of the same forced the referee to step in after 1min 35sec of action in the fourth.

McIntyre said: ‘I’ve gone back to basics. There was none of the flash stuff, I’m sticking to the boxing.

‘I wanted to keep the jab in his face and keep him busy.

‘I’ve always had the jab but not used it enough. I’ve learnt to use that in sparring.

‘My trainer has been telling me to keep my opponent busy.

‘The improvement has been noticeable in sparring and I’ve taken that in to the fight.

‘It was good win and getting the stoppage is good for my confidence.

‘I want to get on a roll now.

‘I don’t want to muck around and get unfit. Getting a good win is a buzz and I want to build on that.’

McIntyre believes he is reaping the benefit of top-level sparring at his new base.

Commonwealth middleweight champion and rising star Billy Joe Saunders has provided some of his opposition in training.

McIntyre said: ‘The training and atmosphere is different.

‘I’m mixing with real top-quality boys and there is great sparring.

‘I’ve been sparring Billy Joe Saunders and Leon Williams.

‘That has sharpened me right up. I need to stay concentrated with them and have taken that in to my fight.’