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Both secured wins but it was a night of mixed emotions for Liam and Miles Shinkwin on Watford return
10:09am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
It was a night of mixed emotions for the Shinkwins on Saturday as one of the fighters from the family proved a few doubters wrong during an emphatic win and another was left frustrated despite securing victory.
Light heavyweight Miles Shinkwin may have only had four professional fights before the weekend, but some had already questioned his punching power in the professional game after winning all of those contests on points.
However, on Saturday - a year to the day since his first pro bout - he extended his unbeaten record to five with a first round knock-out of Hungarian Attila Szladek at Watford Colosseum.
"People have already questioned my power but I will show them," Miles stated this week.
Miles had a distinguished amateur career, which included representing his country and picking up bronze at the Junior Olympics.
The 25-year-old explained: "Amateur boxing is all about points and you get the same number of points for a little flick as you would for hitting them with a bat. It is still one point.
"So when you have been an amateur for so many years it takes a few fights to get used to it.
"Plus I don't think I have fully developed because people develop later and I think I will be much stronger in two or three years time."
It is often said boxing is about levels and Miles was several above Szladek.
The Hungarian was unstable on his feet early into the fight as Miles caught his opponent with regularity. Szladek started to cover up as the round went on but the ex-Queens School pupil showed his amateur pedigree as he enticed him out before landing a sweet right hand which sent the light-heavyweight to the canvas.
"You can't really get much better than a first round knock-out," Miles said.
"In the last six weeks I have been working with my trainer Jason Rowland and personal trainer Joe Reemer on strength and power and in the last two weeks I have been working solely on my right hand with Jason.
"I don't think I have thrown a better right hand than that so it is nice when the work you put in the gym comes off on the night. Sometimes you work on things for weeks and then it doesn't happen when it matters most so for me to finish like that was great."
Miles is fighting next at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on November 16 in a six-round bout with Lewis Patterson, whose last fight was for the Welsh Area super middleweight title when he had to retire due to a hand injury.
Miles' cousin Liam Shinkwin was headlining Saturday's 'Boys Are Back In Town' show at Watford Colosseum.
His Southern Area lightweight title defence had to be cancelled due to injury to the challenger Michael Devine and instead he faced Bulgarian Radoslav Mitev.
The non-title fight had to be called off in round four due to a clash of heads, which left Mitev with a bad cut and Liam a black eye.
Liam was awarded every round to extend his professional record to 6-1-1 but he was not pleased with his performance.
He said: "To be honest I didn't get out of first gear and when I was ready to step up the fight was stopped in round four.
"I wasn't very happy with the way I fought and my trainer (Gary Logan) wasn't very happy with me either because I wasn't doing some of the things he wanted me to.
"I may have won every round but I didn't really get going. I'm just gutted I couldn't give the fans what they wanted."
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