Barrett shines on pro debut

BARRETT BARRAGE: Darfield's Robbie Barrett jabs at Kristian Laight during his excellent debut. Picture: Trevor Price.
BARRETT BARRAGE: Darfield's Robbie Barrett jabs at Kristian Laight during his excellent debut. Picture: Trevor Price.

ROBBIE Barrett produced the most accomplished performance of the night at the Doncaster Dome last weekend – despite it being his first pro outing.

The Darfield debutant was excellent as he saw off tricky veteran Kristian Laight to make the perfect start to his career.

Barrett belied his rookie status with a performance packed with composure, accuracy and power.

Many young fighters struggle to shake off the amateur style in the early days following the switch.

But the 20-year-old looked like he had been in the professional ring for years.

Trainer Stefy Bull switched Barrett to southpaw in order to extract as much power from him as possible and it looks to have paid off.

From the first bell, the lightweight showed excellent shot selection, working his jab very well before looking to target the body.

His shots packed power and allowed him to force the issue well.

Laight is known for his unsettling tactics and attempted to rattle Barrett with a little goading.

But Barrett maintained his composure and got on with the job at hand.

His aggression dipped slightly in the third round but he continued to demonstrate his intelligence to stay comfortable.

The pace of the fight seemed to catch up with Barrett a little in the last round though he remained in control.

Laight forced the issue a little more as he chased what he needed and earned a share of the round.

Barrett received a 40-37 points decision from referee Michael Alexander.

On first impressions at least, he looks to be one to watch.