Alfredo Meli shines at Holiday Inn

Alfredo Meli on the attack against Kieran Gray
Alfredo Meli on the attack against Kieran Gray

Alfredo Meli looked the real deal on Saturday night at the Holiday Inn in Belfast.

Meli - a former amateur boxer with the Immaculata club in Belfast - proved just too good for game but limited Kieron Gray.

Meli - in only his fourth professional bout - opened brightly and had his opponent on the ropes in the opening three minutes.

The Belfast boy always comes to fight and he had Gray in all sorts of trouble in the opening round and Gray ended the first with a cut above his right eye.

Meli kept his foot on the gas and won all four rounds on referee John Lowey’s card.

The soutpaw looks tailor made for the professional ranks and Immaculata team-mate Martin Lindsay rates the middleweight veryn highly. A bright future awaits Meli - but he will need to be more active in the coming months.

Meli was pleased with his night’s work.

“It was good to get another win. I have been inactive for a few months but now I want to stay busy and move up the rankings.

“I enjoyed that but there is more to come from me,” he added.

Mark Morris faced also got his professional career off to a flying start as he saw-off Andy Harris on points.

Morris started the contest by immediately forcing Harris onto the back foot and setting a ferocious pace from the opening round.

In the second and third Morris settled into his boxing and started to dominate his more experienced rival.Morris sealed the four rounder on a scorecard of 40-36 in what was a good performance on his debut.

And featherweight Paul Quinn kept his unbeaten record intact as he beat Sajid Khan.

Quinn pressed Khan from the opening bell and had his opponent in trouble in the first round.

Quinn landed a left shook that shook Khan and the referee stopped the fight in the opening round as Khan could not continue.