Nottingham Super Lightweight boxer, Paul ‘the Meatball’ Thompson has kicked off his professional boxing career in style with a win against London’s Dylan Draper in his first professional fight on Saturday at Nottingham’s Britannia Hotel. Thompson won the six-round bout with a unanimous victory, taking all rounds against his opponent.
Thompson, 26, launched his professional boxing career after an unbeaten amateur boxing career which began in his time in the military, during which he was posted to Afghanistan. Prior to his time in the military, he also had a successful youth athletics career. Speaking about his first professional victory, Thompson stated that “it still hasn’t sunk in. I’m really happy with the way I fought, and I kept the pressure up through all six rounds. I trained hard for this match and it shows in my fitness – my opponent was waiting for me to get tired but I kept on going”.
With a great show of support at Saturdays fight, Thompson added that “the support I have had, from the people who came to the fight and from my sponsors, has been amazing”. David Redfern, director of DSR Tax Refunds who sponsor Thompson, stated “Paul’s dedication to his sport and his training, along with his tenacious spirit and his commitment to reach his goal mirror DSR Tax Refunds’ attitude perfectly and we were all delighted to see Paul take his first professional victory and we look forward to supporting him on the next step in his career”.
Thompson’s next professional fight has already been arranged and he will face his next opponent at his “Hometown Glory” fight at Nottingham’s Harvey Hadden Stadium on Saturday 20th October 2018. Speaking of his next fight, he stated that he will be kicking off his training schedule with the Ikano Robin Hood half-marathon on Sunday 30th September 2018. Doors open for the “Hometown Glory” event at 6.30pm on Saturday 20th October 2018. Tickets are available by calling Paul Thompson on 07557 387909.
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