Kanofski's (right) bid falters in first round of bout.
Kanofski's (right) bid falters in first round of bout. Claudia Baxter

Bid falters in first round of bout

TOUGHNUT Eastern Heights welterweight Jason Kanofski was hit with two crushing straight rights that knocked him to the ground twice in the opening round of his Fight Series tournament debut on Friday night in Melbourne.

Kanofski was groggy after being knocked to the mat the second time and the referee waved the fight off meaning the former title hopeful lost via TKO to undefeated former Olympian Todd Kidd.

Kanofski said he was disappointed with his performance and agreed with the ref's decision to call the fight off.

“I could see him still and knew what was happening after I hit the ground the second time, but I was pretty groggy I wasn't with it so I guess I can see why he called it off,” Kanofski said.

“I have to just move on. I now know what kind of fighter he has become and if I face him again in this tournament I won't make the same mistakes.

“I had a game plan which I stuck to in that first round, but he just caught me a couple of times and that was it.”

Friday's fight was the first of four in an eight-man tournament named Fight Series.

It pits the best welterweights (66.68kg) in the country against each other over six months.

The winner will be crowned the IBO Asia Pacific title holder and is guaranteed a bout in California on the Fight Club OC boxing card in December.

Kanofski said he would return to training straight away in preparation for fighting Gold Coast pugilist Brad Hemming in six weeks time.

“I have to get back into it and move forward. If I lose this next fight I won't be able to make the series' finals,” Kanofski said.



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