Why Lucas Ballingall was disappointed despite landing quickfire victory in Rome after making step up to super-lightweight

Lucas Ballingall spoke of his frustration despite landing a knockout victory in his latest bout in Rome.

Tuesday, 5th October 2021, 12:14 pm
Lucas Ballingall

The Pompey fighter came out victorious over Bosnian Nermin Pozderovic inside 30 seconds in the Italian capital after catching his opponent with a heavy body shot.

But Balligall, 24, was annoyed he was unable to showcase his capabilities over a longer distance having made the jump up to super-lightweight.

He had lost both his previous bouts in the build-up to his debut at the new weight, but extended his record to 14-2 thanks to his Rome victory.

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Yet Ballingall was left 'gutted' his opponent did not put up more of a fight having made the trip out to Italy. He said: ‘I’m a bit disappointed with the opponent, to be honest. I wanted to put on a performance and showcase my skills.

‘It is what it is, I landed a nice body shot and he didn’t want to know after that - the fight lasted something like 20 seconds.

‘I literally came out there, I was sticking the jab out, he was wide open for the body shot so I whipped in a left hook to the body and straight after that he didn’t want to know. I went in for a few more shots and he didn’t want to know.

‘I’m gutted, to be honest, I’m thankful I’ve got this Pompey fight because if I didn’t have this Pompey fight and I’d done all this training to blast him out in 20 seconds, I would have been quite upset.’

Ballingall says making the step up to super-lightweight provided him with plenty of additional power.

And he now has a quick turnaround prior to getting back in the ring for a hometown show at South Parade Pier on October 23.

Ballingall said: ‘I got back in there in front of a little crowd, done the business, got back to winning ways and it’s good preparation for the 23rd (October). Hopefully I’ll get a tougher opponent and have a good fight on the pier.

‘I sapped a lot of my power out dropping down to lightweight. I felt strong (in Rome) - I did a before photo for my weigh-in for my last fight and the one on Saturday night - the difference of it is mad - I look ao much healthier, stronger and better before my fight on Saturday night.

‘I definitely felt better in there as well - I felt great. Obviously 20 seconds I couldn’t show anything I’d been working on or show the difference but I definitely felt strong.’