Adrian Roach breaks through with debut win at Crandall University
Adrian Roach underlined his potential after chalking up a maiden victory competing for Crandall University in Nova Scotia at the weekend.
The sophomore student recorded a unanimous points win against seasoned opponent Ranford Callao, of Alberta, in a three-round welterweight bout at the Best Western Hotel Convention Centre on Saturday.
“It was a tough fight, but I landed clean shots and was confident that I my hand would be raised when the fight concluded,” Roach told The Royal Gazette.
“He was a game opponent and had more fights than me, so it always feels good coming off a win over someone with more experience.
“I just stuck to my training and everyone at the venue seemed to like the fight. They kept coming to me afterwards telling me how good the fight went, which made me happy to have put on a show.”
The result improved the orthodox fighter’s school record to 1-1, having lost his debut bout last month against Brayden LeBlanc on points.
“It feels good to be able to carry the school’s name and pick up wins along the way,” Roach added.
“It represents the team well when I win and represents the country as well because I’m representing not only the school but Bermuda.”
The 19-year-old had to endure a frustratingly long wait after his debut bout for the school was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I have only had two fights for the school because Covid prevented me from fighting last year,” he said.
Roach’s win has done his confidence the world of good as he looks forward to showcasing his talents in the ring and representing his school again.
“I have no doubt I will be able to pull off some more wins before the semester is up,” he added.
“I am feeling very good, especially coming off a win. I want to stay humble, though, and keep working hard.”