WATERFORD’S Rohan Date made a winning London debut, despatching southpaw Jan Balog of the Czech Republic in the second of a scheduled eight-rounder at York Hall.
A well-timed right counter to the chin dropped Balog by the ropes – he struggled to get up, but was counted out by referee Chas Coakley after 55 seconds of the round. And Balog stumbled as he walked back to his corner. It had been scheduled for eight.
Date won the first round – he was more on target, and got in some fair body shots. But the one-punch ending came as a surprise. It was Date’s ninth win (seventh inside) against one draw.