Waterlooville's Liam Wiseman gets to enjoy special career moment in front of raucous Portsmouth following

Liam Wiseman was blown away by the home city Portsmouth backing he received as he put his debut 'heartache' behind him to land a maiden victory as a professional fighter.

By Lewis Mason
Thursday, 28th April 2022, 11:46 am

And the Waterlooville welterweight told how he was ‘lost for words’ following the 40-36 points decision verdict in his favour after defeating experienced Nicaraguan Berman Sanchez on Atlantic Promotions' South Parade Pier show on Saturday evening.

Yet those feelings of dejection from that occasion just a month ago were quickly turned into jubilation, with Wiseman having his hand raised for the first time as a pro boxer after overcoming Sanchez - much to the delight of his raucous home support.

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‘I'm so grateful for everyone who believes in me and has shown love by coming out to be here (first pro victory). I promise big things for everyone,’ said Wiseman.

‘Honestly, I'm lost for words. The support and the fanbase out there, for a 19-year-old lad from a small place in Wecock Farm, it's unbelievable and I'm really grateful to everyone who came down.

‘We boxed perfect, boxed to the game plan, we knew he was a strong lad - he's a very good boxer Berman with an outstanding record - but we stuck to the game plan and aced it, we got the job done.’

Wiseman has held his hands up to the 'mistake' he made which resulted in a forgettable debut occasion following defeat to Cummings.

Liam Wiseman is declared the points winner against Berman Sanchez and has his had raised on South Parade Pier

But he stressed that will only provide a learning curve moment as he looks to continue building from his first-ever professional victory.

Wiseman added: ‘Having my hand raised is a dream in itself, but having my hand raised in my back garden, Portsmouth, on South Parade Pier - all the heartache I had in March has just been put behind me.

‘I deserved this moment, I'm a very talented young lad, this is just the start, only the beginning, I've got plenty of years in this game and I'm only going to get better.’

Liam Wiseman, centre kneeling, with some of his following after his maiden professional victory