THERE was no need for ‘one more round’ at the LC2 Arena in Swansea on Saturday night as Milford Haven’s most notorious fighter secured a rapid win at BUDO 19.
Competing in a K1 80kgs contest, David Round made light work of home fighter Josh Dennis, knocking him down three times inside the first two minutes before the bout was inevitably stopped by the referee.
Around 50 friends made the trip to support Round, and the 30-year-old caught Dennis with some early leg kick combinations, but despite then knocking his opponent to the mat for more than 10 seconds – the referee did not administer the count as Round used a ‘clinched knee’ which is not permitted under BUDO rules.
But another sharp leg kick combination knocked Dennis down for a seven count, and after the latter was forced to then get back to his feet a third time after taking a head kick combination – the fight was stopped.
And Round, who was controversially beaten by a split decision in his last K1 fight, was pleased to return to winning ways.
“The support was brilliant and it was good way to repay them and make a statement myself,” he told Mercury Sport.
“Especially with a big title fight coming up in April.”
Indeed, on Saturday, April 8, Round will take on Steve Smith at Liquid Nightclub in Gloucester for a K1 Middleweight belt.
Round beat the same opponent three years ago, Smith’s only K1 defeat, and said: “He went on the rampage after I beat him and has wanted revenge ever since. It’s going to be a huge fight.”
Following that, Round is scheduled to return to Swansea to fight on Saturday, July 8.
Also fighting on Saturday one of Round’s training partners, another Milford man in Richard Axford.
And in his first ever boxing bout, he took the renowned Kieran Bowden, and went the distance before losing a split decision.
“He did brilliantly in his first fight and did everything that was asked of him,” said Round.
“He was against a guy with a lot of experience but the verdict could have gone either way.”
Round, of the Fight Agency, also asked to issue his gratitude to sponsors LPA Impact, Granicol Ltd, Bad Boy Supplements, L Greggain & Co Ltd, Steve Evans at Studio 9 Custom Tattoo, Training Mask, Matthews Brothers, Stuart Lloyd Carpentry, Sweet Treat, JP Scaffolding, Battle Body Clothing, Ian Smith Builders and Pain Game.