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Boxing: Dazzling Tom Doran destroys Terry Adams in Bury

DAZZLING Tom Doran certainly lived up to his moniker on Saturday night as he beat Terry Adams – but the Connah’s Quay fighter may consider changing it to ‘One Punch’ Doran after stopping his Birmingham opponent in the first round.

The promising Deesider has always prided himself on taking on tough challengers, but after his recent Achilles injury he was matched up on the Hatton Promotions bill at Castle Leisure Centre in Bury with journeyman Adams, who was trying to end a run of 10 straight defeats running back to 2006.

But 23-year-old Doran took his 32-year-old rival – known as the Brummie Bulldog – to school. After coming out and flooring him with the first meaningful blow of the opening round, Doran proceeded to pin Adams in the neutral corner and pummel him into submission.

Adams hit the canvas once more as even the crowd pleaded with the referee to end what was a devastating display by Doran.

It provided the Quay light-middleweight, fighting on the undercard of Rhys Roberts’ International Masters Featherweight bout, with his first professional career knockout. Coach Shane Thomas said the shackles were taken off this time.

“Early in his career we wanted him to get through the rounds,” said Shane. “He boxed and outpointed people. But he is so powerful and after his lay-off he was so keen to get back into the ring we decided to let him go out there and give it what for.”

And the experienced coach believes the referee should have ended the contest after Doran first floored Adams as the fight was clearly gone from the Bulldog, who had previously only suffered two first-round knockouts in 23 bouts.

“He came out with some tentative jabs but Tom went over the top with one big shot and hit him flush on the nose,” said Thomas. “He hit the deck and to be honest the fight was over then. The referee may have been slow to stop it after that but for me he should have ended it there. Adams didn’t want to know after he felt Tom’s power. After that Tom went for it and it was a quick night’s work.”

And after putting his injury problem behind him and training well for this last bout, Doran will quickly be in action again on December 5 at Chester Racecourse when he appears on a bill alongside fellow Flintshire fighter Paul Economides and Chester fighters including Chris Goodwin.

“He didn’t get through a lot really in Bury,” said Shane. “He is a hard worker and he just wants to fight so we are getting him back in there straight away. It will be nice for him to fight back on his doorstep and show people round here exactly how good he is.”

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