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Maidstone's Sean Noakes wants to stay undefeated for the rest of the year after winning debut professional bout at the York Hall against Lee Hallett


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Maidstone boxer Sean Noakes wants to stay undefeated for the rest of the year as he celebrates winning his debut professional bout.

Noakes beat Lee Hallett at the historic York Hall in Bethnal Green last Friday, following in the footsteps of brother Sam in turning pro.

Maidstone's Sean Noakes
Maidstone's Sean Noakes

The 26-year-old welterweight is in no rush to be challenging for titles but he cannot wait to go again.

“What I’m aiming to do is finish the year undefeated and then start pushing for titles eventually,” he said.

“But I’m in no rush and will wait to see what my management team want me to do.

“I’m excited to keep moving forward.

“It’s just nice to get the ball rolling. He was a bit of a tricky opponent who wouldn’t stop running!

“But it went well and I got good feedback.”

Noakes also described the noise the fans who had come to support him made upon discovering he had won the fight.

“When they called my name out, it almost felt like the ring was vibrating,” he described.

“My coach said to me afterwards, ‘There’s no better feeling than that’ and I just want to go again now.”

Nerves before his big debut may have been understandable - but Noakes simply didn’t have time to get anxious.

Sean Noakes is the older brother of Sam Noakes. Picture: Steve Terrell
Sean Noakes is the older brother of Sam Noakes. Picture: Steve Terrell

He explained: “To be fair, it wasn’t too bad. It all went so quickly that I didn’t have enough time to worry about what was going on.

“But when it came to walking down the ring and I heard the rumble from my fans, that’s when it hit me, but it was all worth it.”

Noakes’ debut victory caps a great month for him, having recently signed a four-year deal with Frank Warren - the same promoter younger brother Sam works with.

“Eventually, I want me and my brother on the same card,” he admitted. “We have not boxed together on the same card since 2013.

“So it will be nice to do that again but we will wait and see what comes next.”

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