Lovell triumphs on his pro debut at York Hall

Max Lovell celebrates his victory
Max Lovell celebrates his victory

Bedford boxer Max Lovell tasted victory in his pro debut earlier this month, beating Kevin McAuley on points at York Hall.

The 20-year-old who went to Wootton Upper School and Bedford College took the decision 40-37 and felt it was a promising first outing.

He said: “I was really happy with the performance, nearly 100 people came down from Bedford, so it was a good night.

“He was a journeyman type fighter, but they do come to fight, so it was always going to be a tough challenge.

“I won three rounds and drew one round according to the scorecard.

“Me and my coach thought I’d won every round, so it was a fairly dominant display and I never felt hurt in there.

“The fight itself wasn’t too different to what I’d been doing before, but more excitement around it and a lot more pressure, as normally it was only my family coming to watch.”

Lovell had started off his fighting career in a different discipline, as the boxer, who has signed for Goodwin Promotions, said: “I was doing kickboxing since I was 16, then two years in, I’d won the WBC British title, but broke my ankle when I was 18-19.

“That kind of led me on to going into boxing and I had 11 semi-pro fights, won all of them in 2014 and turned pro in December last year.”

Lovell is due to fight again at York Hall next month and on his future plans, he said: “I’d like to go for a Southern Area title first and then go higher, but I’ve got to take the fights and win the fights.

“I can take my time with it though, not rush into too big opponents, build up the record. My next opponent will be to get some rounds in and build up to a higher quality opponent.”