Mason Cartwright says he feels ‘sharp and strong’ after dominating one of the most durable men in British boxing.
Cartwright, 22, made it three wins from three as a professional in Liverpool on Saturday night, pounding Kevin McCauley for four rounds.
McCauley has earned his tough-as-teak reputation over the course of 105 fights and the 35-year-old needed all his experience to avoid being stopped for the 11th time in his career.
Cartwright, of Ellesmere Port, came close to finishing the fight on a number of occasions but the veteran managed to survive until the final bell.
“I felt good, I felt sharp, I felt strong and I felt fit,” Cartwright said.
“I didn’t rush things but I went looking for the stoppage when it was on and I nearly had him but he’s a hard man.
“I take my hat off to him because he knew how to survive and he tied me up at the right times to stop me hitting him.
“The referee almost stopped the fight in the third round and I had him in trouble quite a few times but then he’d grab me and tie me up.
“He came up to me afterwards and said I’d given him one of the toughest fights he’d had and said I had a good future so that’s nice coming from someone with his experience.
“A few people were saying they’d not seen anyone manhandle him like that and beat him up like that and he’s been in with the likes of Liam Smith and Ronnie Heffron.”
Fellow Ellesmere Port fighter Matty Fagan scored a 40-36 win over Dan Carr on the same card and the pair, both products of Wirral Community Police ABC, now have a hometown show at the new Cheshire Oaks Arena to look forward to on June 27.
Cartwright will be fighting over six rounds for the first time in his fledgling career and stepped up his sparring with trainer Anthony ‘Arnie’ Farnell to help him prepare for the longer duration.
He said: “It will be a great night for Ellesmere Port and the plan is to get some more experience with another journeyman for my first go at six rounds but then I’ll be let off the leash, boxing younger lads with a few wins to get me in position to go for a title next year
“I’m loving being a professional and I lived the life as an amateur really so it suits me even more really.
“I’m still learning so the main thing for me at the moment is just to get more rounds under my belt.”