JYL Wright is making a habit of overcoming the odds.
The Warrnambool fighter defeated an opponent, Brandon Lee Rocco, with superior reach and size to notch his second professional triumph at Melbourne Pavilion on Friday night.
To make it tougher – Wright weighed in legally for the Welterweight bout – while his opponent tipped the scales almost half a kilogram over the limit.
Wright’s Koroit-based trainer, Lyndon Edney, said a series of “deliberate” blows meant his fighter was the obvious choice in a points decision.
“It was a fairly solid fight, the lad was a very tough unit,” Edney said.
“Even though (Rocco) had a bit of weight advantage, Jyl was landing the heavier, cleaner blows. He almost stopped the guy a few times in the first and later rounds.”
Edney said Wright was forging a career as a hard-hitting and aggressive fighter but was always open to coaching and advice between rounds.
“He’s a hard-hitting, compact little fighter. He’s not flashy, he doesn’t dance around and box – he likes to push forward and to put the pressure on his opponent,” Edney said.
“He does so fairly clean and tidily. He’s not one just for swinging wild punches. He uses deliberate punches and was outscoring the guy all the way through.”
Wright is eyeing a June 12 bout as his next move.
Warrnambool fighter Nathan MacLean fell short of Geelong’s Kyle Webb, who claimed the Victorian Cruiserweight Title.
Belgium’s Jonathan Binet, who trained with Rudy Ryan, fought out a draw.