Teen Billy the Butcher looking for title shot after Treetops stoppage

Billy Stuart, right, won by stoppage.

Rising North-east super-featherweight Billy Stuart has vowed to move towards a title shot next year.

The 19-year-old extended his winning start to the professional ranks with a first round stoppage of Ricky Leach at the Double Tree by Hilton Treetops Hotel in Aberdeen.

Stuart, aka The Butcher, stopped Englishman Leach with a devastating body shot two minutes 46 seconds into the opening round.

During his domination of the amateur and youth ranks, Macduff-based Stuart won seven Scottish titles and two British.

He also claimed Commonwealth Youth Games silver in Samoa as part of Team Scotland.

Now he aims to add a professional title belt to his bulging collection.

He said: “I am looking for a title at the end of 2018, maybe a Scottish championship.

“If I keep boxing like I am I will get there eventually.”

Stuart was elevated to top of the bill status due to the postponement of bouts involving Darren Traynor and Kristen Fraser.

He produced an impressive performance, using his jab effectively and following up with crushing body shots.

It was a right hook into the ribcage that dropped Leach to the canvas. Slumped on his knees, the Englishman was counted out for Stuart’s first win inside the distance.

“I started off very relaxed in the fight,” he said.

“In my previous three fights I was trying to impress too much.

“Against Leach I just wanted to show off my skills, relax and box. I did that and it paid off for me.

“I knew in myself I had six rounds so I could pace myself and let my boxing show.”

Stuart made his professional debut in March this year with a dominant points win over Dmitrijs Gutmans.

The former Scottish international has undergone a gruelling training regime since entering the paid ranks.

Now he will take some time off before launching his bid to engineer a title shot in 2018.

A veteran of 28 professional fights, it was the fifth time Leach had been stopped.

Stuart said: “It was a body shot and didn’t really need to be hard to put him down.

“That was my first stoppage.

“I will take a week or two off now to relax because I have trained so hard for the whole year.

“Then I will be back in the gym ready to go again for next year.”

Undefeated Wick-based welterweight Liall Mackenzie made it two wins from two pro fights with a 59-54 win over William Warburton.

Mackenzie controlled the bout against a dangerous journeyman in Warburton who had racked up 158 previous professional fights.

In a fight streamed live to Johannesburg, Thurso-based South African middleweight Chris Ryder, 25, secured a 60-55 win over England’s debutant Myles Vale.

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