Daniel Baff on the attack against New Zealander Paz Viejo.
Daniel Baff on the attack against New Zealander Paz Viejo.

Baff barely raises a sweat


TAKING on an opponent who was called up at the last moment caused local boxer Daniel Baff a few uneasy moments early on but the reality was that New Zealander Paz Viejo was never going to cause 'Biffa' too many problems.

Baff was confident that this was going to be the case, but with little time to mentally prepare for the opponent, he was caught a little by surprise in the opening exchanges.

"It was pretty awkward, he was a bit shorter and coming from down below and pulling out some big haymakers, so he kept me on my toes, especially early on," the victor said.

"I just had to stay composed, just waiting and waiting for that one shot and I got it on. I wished I'd got a few more on too but that's the way it goes."

After a chat with trainer and father Terry after the first round, Baff immediately grew in confidence with better knowledge of his opponent under the belt.

Waiting for that big hit couldn't have come any later in the second round than it did.

The timekeeper was poised to ring the bell to signal the end of the round but with a second remaining, the opening came and Baff struck with an almighty upper cut.

Viejo hit the deck like a sack of spuds and suddenly the local boy had another professional win to his name in front of an adoring home crowd.

Unfortunately for Baff's career development, the early finish on Friday night meant that he's still to go beyond four rounds in the ring. 'Biffa' is desperate to find himself in the near future fighting in the later rounds.

"If I can knock them out, well of course I will but I've got to be tested as well and I want to be tested in the later rounds,"

"The only way to do that is going the distance. Next year I want to step it up and fight tougher opponents."

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