18-year-old Moses Itauma is hoping to break Mike Tyson’s record for the youngest world heavyweight champion at 21 years of age. And the Brit got off to flying start to his professional career by flattening Marcel Bode in the opening 23 seconds. 

A lot was made of Itauma’s potential in the lead-up to fight night this evening. The young Brit, who has won European and World honours as an amateur, recently signed with Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions and was instantly thrust into the limelight in the co-main event slot for tonight’s blockbuster Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde fight night card.

His impact was instant, landing a beautiful straight left to the body of his 2-1 foe before following it up to the head to score a knockdown in the opening 15 seconds. Bode, who has been stopped once before, was unable to beat the count and the fight was waved before it could even get going.

By comparison, when Tyson made his pro debut, also at 18, it took him one minute and forty-seven seconds to dispatch of Hector Mercedes at the Plaza Convention Center in New York. 

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