SEAN DODD kicked-off his professional career with an impressive stoppage win – but his efforts before the fight were even more impressive.
The 27-year-old Birkenhead Venture fighter halted Scotland’s Giuseppe Daprato in the final round in Chester last weekend and was cheered on by a major following.
Dodd always attracted a large following during his amateur days as he won back-to-back Senior Novice titles but he sold 500 tickets for his professional debut.
Venture coach Danny Kelly shifted a further 100 and Dodd’s sister did the same amount.
The Northgate Arena in Chester was over-run with fans of Dodd and club-mate Sean Lewis.
“The noise was deafening,” said Dodd.
“There was that much noise around that I was too scared to look out of the ring.
“But I want to say how much I appreciate and am grateful for their support. They were so well behaved as well.”
Dodd hopes to have a second pro fight on the April 19 undercard of David Price’s British heavyweight title fight against Sam Sexton.
Although debuting at 9st 7lbs, Dodd reckons he is likely to mix in title class at super-featherweight.
The Wirral man also wanted to thank his dad, Sean Senior, for his continued support as well as other sponsors Stacey’s Salon and Regal Sales.