posted on: 13/05/2022

BLASTING OUT AN opponent in the first 10 seconds of a fight would normally be considered a great source of satisfaction for a fighter on the up. For Andrew Cain it resulted in a 12-round fight with the heavy bag.

The new WBC International Silver super bantamweight champion poleaxed the usually durable Pablo Ariel Gomez with pretty much his first shot of the fight in Telford last time out and subsequently carried the appearance of an agitated prizefighter who had too much left in the tank.

Gomez, it should be noted, was last stopped back in 2014 in two six-rounders early on in his career in his native Argentina, so being clubbed to the canvas was not a familiar experience for him.

This time it was all over in an official time of 19 seconds when you take into account the count and referee John Latham’s assessment of his ability to continue.

The Scouse firebrand Cain was in no mood to celebrate his early night.

“You know what, I went into the gym on the Monday and just had a fight on the bag, basically! I did 12 rounds, imagined it never happened, and just took it out on the bag.

“I took myself back to the occasion because it is easy to let it all pass you by when it happens like that and you don’t really learn nothing from it. So before the occasion passed me by I got in the gym and took myself back to the fight so I could learn a few things from it, rather than being a blow-out.

“To be honest, I knew it was a nice shot, but I thought the ref was going to let me go. I was just going to put him down again anyway so the ref probably did a good job.

“It would have been nice to get a few more in so no-one had anything to say, but the refs know what they are doing,” added the 26-year-old, who does acknowledge that the outcome was typical of him, given that he has bludgeoned eight of his nine opponents to date into an early submission.

“It is my life, as I say, and it is serious, isn’t it?”

Cain knows that his profile is increasing as people catch on to his explosive performances and powderkeg attitude to the fight game. There will never be a dull moment while he is going about his business and the public are starting to take notice.

“I don’t pay too much attention to all that but I suppose they must be,” he conceded. “You can’t really be denied if you do what I am doing, so it is gonna happen sooner or later.

“It definitely feels like it has picked up a bit, so I need to keep getting these fights and keep winning them. You can’t deny me then.”

Next up is Luis Moreno, 10-2 (6 KOs), in a defence of his title at York Hall on Friday May 20. Cain admits that carrying out due diligence on the threat in front of him is not really his thing.

“I have a look a couple of days out or when I get to the hotel because, you know what it is like sometimes, they fall off and they fall on all the time. I just leave it and when I get to the hotel I only end up watching 30 seconds anyway.

“It is just so you’ve got a picture of their face in your mind because you never know what they are going to do. They could fly at you, they could run, so you have got to be prepared for everything.”

Tickets for the show at York Hall on Friday, 20 May are on sale now, available directly from the fighters or via eventbrite.co.uk or alternatively call: 01992 505 550 (office hours only).

Brad Foster v Ionut Baluta for the vacant WBC International super bantamweight title takes place at York Hall on Friday May 20.

Also in championship action on the night will be Liverpool super bantamweight Andrew Cain, making a first defence of his WBC International Silver title against durable Mexican Luis Moreno.

Two first cousins feature on the card on another special night for the Frankham fighting family. Super featherweight Charles (5-0, 2 KOs) and welterweight Josh (5-0, 2 KOs) will continue their progression in the professional ranks in six round fights.

Future super bantamweight star Adan Mohamed (4-0, 1 KO) from Buckhurst Hill will have his fifth professional assignment on the card over four rounds, alongside Bexley welterweight Micky Burke jr (5-0, 2 KOs) over six and Beckton lightweight Mohammad Bilal Ali (4-1, 1 KO) in a four rounder.

Recent Frank Warren signing Raven Chapman (2-0, 1 KO) will have her first fight under the Queensberry promotional banner when she takes on the unbeaten Italian Nadia Flalhi (3-0, 1 KO) over six rounds at featherweight.

Sean Noakes will make his professional debut at the famous East London venue with the Maidstone man – older brother of lightweight Sam – fighting at welterweight over four rounds.

Tickets for the show at York Hall on Friday, 20 May are on sale now, available directly from the fighters or via eventbrite.co.uk or alternatively call: 01992 505 550 (office hours only).


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