For a guy with only a handful of pro fights under his belt, Adam Trupish showed a champion's mettle in front of a raucous, overflow crowd at The Palace banquet hall Saturday night.
Trupish (4-0) absorbed some serious punishment in weathering a first-round storm against Halifax's Juan Sanchez (3-5-1), then fought his way out of trouble through most of the second before ending the fight with a textbook left-right-left combination 90 seconds into Round 3.
The KO punch came so fast and with such surgical accuracy that referee John Braak did a double-take as Sanchez crumbled to the canvas in his own corner.
Trupish now has a signed contract to fight Regina's Michael Walchuk for the Canadian Boxing Federation's vacant middleweight title on March 12.
"He woke me up when he caught me flush in the first 20 seconds and he shook me again with a counter right about a minute later," said Trupish.
"I was a little cold coming into the ring, and it showed in the first round. Sanchez moves well and he packs some power. I definitley knew he was there.
"In the second I started to find my rhythm, but I was having trouble hitting him clean to the body because of his movement. But once his hands started coming down, there was an opening up top.
ON THE MARK
"The first left spread his hands, and the right was right on the mark."
Co-promoter Sheldon Hinton, who was working Trupish's corner, described the KO combo as "a beautiful thing to watch."
"Down at Beverly Bronx Boxing, that's our bread 'n' butter combination. We work at it all the time in the gym, and Adam did it to perfection."