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Scot England, who has been dubbed the world’s oldest welterweight boxer, suffered a brutal first round defeat in his debut fight in the United States.
The 59-year-old stepped into the ring to face 22-year-old Jashawn Hunter as he made his professional boxing debut on Tuesday.
England was knocked to the canvas after just five seconds of the contest in Nashville, Tennessee.
The fight was called off after 46 seconds, with England’s corner throwing in the towel to spare him further punishment.
Hunter had previously been knocked out in the first round in five of his six professional fights before facing England.
Scot England was knocked to the canvas after just five seconds on his professional debut
The 59-year-old’s corner threw in the towel after 46 seconds of the fight in Nashville
‘This kid caught me with a fast punch I did not see, and it was a good one,’ England told the Herald and Review newspaper.
‘I don’t know if he broke my nose, but my nose is pretty big and cut today; he put me down and I had no idea where I was.
‘You know, I have no memory of that at all. I thought the ref stopped it when I got back up.
‘And then I looked at the fight video afterwards and said “Man, I kept going for a few more punches and I just don’t recall that part”.’
England, a former DJ and news anchor, had admitted he had pursued the fight to fulfil an ambition to become known as the oldest welterweight boxer in the world.
‘To be honest, the way I got beat up I will probably have that record forever,’ England said. ‘Because they probably won’t ever let another old guy like me in the ring.’
The 59-year-old claimed he had been inspired by his friendship with the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who he had met after exchanging letters with him during his career.
England had stepped into the ring with Hunter, a fighter 37 years his junior in Nashville
England has claimed he has been told the Guinness Book of World Records has informed him he owns the record for having become the oldest professional boxing debutant.
He has confirmed that his brief boxing career has come to an end after his sole and brief fight.
Boxing fans have slammed the decision to allow England to enter the ring for the fight, after he was awarded a boxing licence by the Tennessee Athletic Commission.
England reportedly was only required to pass a basic blood and eye exam to secure the licence, with the 59-year-old then training with professional fighters in the build-up to his debut.