Grant poised for fresh challenges
FIGHT Ministry coach Neal Lofts is predicting tougher tests for Humberston mixed martial arts fighter Jack Grant after the 20-year-old's first-round knockout victory on his professional debut.
Grant, pictured, cruised to victory inside three minutes against Londoner Andy Cona at Hull's KC Stadium Bonus Arena.
A knee strike to the ribs prompted Cona to tap, handing victory to Grant, who won five belts before joining the paid ranks.
Grant has joined club-mate James Bateman, of Grimsby, on the MMA pro circuit.
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Lofts said: "Jack was technically in another league but Andy Cona's experience, coupled with him being heavy-handed, made him a danger.
"Jack needed to keep his cool and get the job done quickly, which he did.
"Tougher tests will lie ahead."
After trading strikes early on, under-70kg lightweight Grant took Cona down to the canvas, with a slick outside trip, before manoeuvring him to the side of the cage.
Cona clung on and over-hooked Grant's arms attempting to create a striking opportunity.
But Grant showed composure to pin his opponent before rattling him with a devastating knee strike that ended the contest.
Dave Brooke, also from the Humberston-based Fight Ministry gym, bagged a unanimous points win against Lincoln's Luke Buteria on the undercard.
Brooke won the under-77kg bout, fought under amateur rules.
Lofts added: "With two wins from two bouts, Dave looks promising. He is one of our new fighters coming through – definitely one to watch."