Vocal backing at York Hall helps Higgins earn debut win
PUBLISHED: 16:48 11 July 2012
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Kilburn super-middleweight Alan Higgins says the York Hall crowd helped to settle his nerves after stopping Emmanuel Moussinga for a victorious start to his professional career.
The 23-year-old was roared on by 200 fans on Saturday as he pummelled Moussinga with a flurry of punches, prompting referee Robert Williams to halt the contest three seconds from the end of the first round.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better debut,” said Higgins, who sparred with British champion George Groves in preparation for the fight. “I had a lot of support and I could hear them singing my name, which made a real difference as I was feeling the pressure beforehand.
“He was game and strong – we knew he wasn’t going to be a walkover and I had to go out there and get him on the back foot. The plan worked perfectly and I’m over the moon with it.
“Now it’s a case of getting used to the professional game and building a fanbase – if you can’t sell tickets, the promoters won’t want to know! Next season I want at least six fights and, if all goes well, maybe I could be in for an area title shot.”
Higgins, who is fighting under the nickname ‘Avalanche’, spent 10 years as an amateur with St Pancras ABC and reached the ABA middleweight final in 2009.
His second pro contest will also take place at the Bethnal Green venue, on September 15.
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