Fireworks night came early as Waltham Forest Amateur Boxing Club’s Cameron Bacchus made an explosive debut on Friday night.

Fighting on the club’s charity-diner show at the Prince Regent Hotel, Chigwell - the physically impressive looking Bacchus stepped through the ropes with a few nerves to face Putney and Roehampton’s D. Gonzales.

Bucchus, however brushed aside any early worries when landing some powerful shots from the opening bell. With his opponent looking slightly dazed, the ref quickly stepped in to administer a standing eight-count to the Putney puncher.

The Forest fighter stepped straight on the gas and a big right hand to the top of Gonzales’ head again left him looking shaken. Having quickly consulted the Putney corner the ref stopped the contest.

Prior to that Forest’s Matthew McCormack made an impressive debut against Gator’s Taran Raj Singh, but just came up short as the away fighter scored a unanimous decision from the officials.

Reflecting on events head coach Chris Baker said: “It was an encouraging night with both our fighters giving a good account of themselves.

“Cameron is a great lad in the gym as he listens and while he knows he still has a lot to learn this win will help his confidence no end.

“I also thought Matthew boxed well and got in some good shots. Like Cameron he will only get better with experience.” Other winners on the night included: B. Haywood (Hockwell), J. St. John (Moor Lane), A Hussain (Hockwell), H Kella (Amigos), J. Caward (Gator), J. Johnson (Finchley) and A Barek (Romford).