Kash Farooq looked in sensational form at the weekend as he successfully defended his British bantamweight title defence at the Radisson Blu Hotel with a brutal first-round stoppage win over Duane Winters.

The Knightswood star, who told Post Sport last month that he had been in a constant training camp since April, was in total control from the bell with Bristol fighter Winters visibly startled by the frantic opening pace.

Farooq’s superior conditioning and natural talent came to the fore early on with his superb head movement allowing him to successfully slip inside Winters’ jab.

Knowing that Winters couldn’t hurt him, 23-year-old Farooq, who won the British belt last September with a devastating 60-second knockout win over Jamie Wilson, came close to finishing this one in similar fashion with a couple of big overhand rights narrowly whizzing past the Bristol man.

With a boxing IQ well beyond his years, Farooq’s clever shots to the body kept his man off balance throughout the opening round before a vicious body shot dropped him after just two minutes and 59 seconds.

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Peppering Winters with a couple of right hooks, Farooq quickly moved to the body with a brutal left that left his 31-year-old opponent crumpled on the canvas and unable to recover as he cruised to his third defence to win the coveted Lord Lonsdale challenge belt, one of boxing’s oldest and most prestigious trophies, outright.

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Speaking to BBC Scotland ringside, Farooq said: “I showed my class. I was confident going into the fight. I’m emotional. I’ve made history. I’m the first Pakistani to do it and long may it continue.”

Scotland’s 17th outright winner, Farooq gets to keeps the belt with Commonwealth champion Lee McGregor now mandatory challenger.

“I’m ready whenever they are. Boxing is a business, but I’m a fighter. I’ll fight whenever they want,” Farooq added.

“Lee’s a good friend of mine. I’ve got a lot of respect for Lee. Lee’s a cracking fighter. We want to fight. It’s down to the management.”

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Former world champion & BBC Scotland pundit Alex Arthur said: “That body shot was almost perfect. I’m so impressed by him, he’s so good. Just outstanding. Every time I see him, he gets better and better. His punch-picking is becoming exceptional. I’m so impressed.

“It would be an absolute robbery to the public if these guys [Kash Farooq and Lee McGregor] don’t fight.”

Edinburgh fighter McGregor added: “I’ve made no secret that’s the fight I want. I think Kash wants that as well.

“They wanted to win the British belt outright, he’s won it now, he’s made history. It’s a great achievement and he’s done well. I think it’s time now to give Scottish boxing fans what they want.”

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