THE “Cabarita Cyclone” Casey Hannan received the biggest wrap of his life on Friday, and it was from one of his all-time heroes.
“Young Casey is one of the most talented young athletes I have seen in the Australian boxing arena,” the legendary Joe Bugner said after Friday night's Jamie Myer fight night.
“He is definitely going to be a champion.”
Bugner's praises followed the welterweight's remarkable first-round stoppage of tough-nut Adam King. It was only Hannan's second professional bout.
The 800-strong crowd packing the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Golf Club was on its feet as Hannan dropped King once, twice and for the third and final time with a destructive flurry of devastating punches.
The first ripped into King's ribs, the second rang bells in his head, and the third simply ended King's pain.
“He did a beautiful job tonight. He looked in fantastic shape, and if he sharpens up on the intricate parts of the boxing, the only way for him to go is up,” Bugner said.
“The only thing that I ask of his corner is to let him slow down mentally - keep up the pressure, keep up the intensity - but let him concentrate on what he's doing next, because he wasted a lot of good punches.
“It's hard not to get sucked in by the fans and their emotion, but if he can stay composed while he's in control, he'll be great.”
With such a dominant performance it was no surprise that other members of the boxing community were lining up to commend the 21-year-old Tweed PCYC product.
“King came to fight but was simply swept away by the Cyclone,” Hannan's trainer Tony Nobbs writes in his column today.
“King is tough as nails, never knocked out before, so for Casey to knock him down three times was extremely impressive,” promoter Jamie Myer said.
And what did the man of the moment think of his own performance?
“I feel awesome. I don't know what to say,” Hannan said with a huge grin spread across his face.
“I was wary of Adam and trained really hard, because I expected him to mix it up and come back at me as he did a couple of times.
“But Tony and Max (Mariconte) said “wait for it and you'll see the shots, it will all be in front of you, so pick your shots”- and that's how it went.
“I can't believe I've got my second KO in two fights.”
Hannan's stablemate, light heavyweight Trevor Jacky was also impressive in his professional debut, stopping Marlon Toby late in round two.
Several punishing blows left Toby with the wobbles, and once Jacky had him on the ropes the referee had little choice but to intervene and end the one-sided affair.
The result capped a great night for Nobbs' fighters, with several of his amateurs also prevailing.
It's a just reward for the veteran trainer's dedication, according to Bugner.