Thorley thunders to knockout on professional debut

Thorley thunders to knockout on professional debut

On Friday, Nathan ‘Thunder’ Thorley (1-0, 1KO) started his professional career with a clinical first round knockout and the Welshman was happy with his ‘perfect’ performance. The 21-year-old flattened Krystian Nadolski three times, all with huge right hands, and ended it all within 160 seconds of his first appearance at the Newport Centre. Reflecting on the occasion, Thorley said: “It was perfect for me, I’m happy with it. I could’ve done with four rounds but I hit him with the right, fortunately he went down and I suppose I showed him the thunder. “He felt it straight away, I’ve got a very powerful right hand as many people know about and a left hook that not many people know about. It was a fantastic way to start but I kind of wish it went four rounds, too.” Until Thorley’s debut, the light-heavyweight was one of Wales’ best amateurs, winning the vast majority of his 89 contests and securing a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Mindful of the difference between the two codes of amateur and professional boxing, Thorley is eager for rounds and, most importantly, experience. He said: “Being my first pro fight, I wanted to have a little move around with no vest, a bigger protector [groin guard] and feel it all out a bit. If it went the distance, I would’ve been happy but I caught him and it ended the way it did, quickly. It’s onwards and upwards now. “I’ve not got any date in mind for my second fight but soon would be nice. I’ve only focused on my debut but I’ve got to stop knocking them out now, so I can get some rounds and so people will fight me.” A composed Thorley, who was cornered by former WBO world featherweight champion Steve Robinson, comfortably handled the spotlight of Eurosport television and the stage of Wales’ biggest small hall shows for years. Remaining unfazed and focused, he said: “Being in the Commonwealth Games, that was a massive stage, a lot bigger than this but for me, this was still very important. “It was the start of a new chapter. Someone said to me, it’s your first fight but it’s not. I’ve had 89 amateur fights and this was just the nice start of a new chapter. I’m not going to get carried away, I’m just going to train hard and do my best.” (Image by Huw Fairclough – www.huwfaircloughphotography.co.uk)

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