Twenty-Six-year-old Oli Cassidy showed that he has true stopping power when he fought at the Hangar Venue Wolverhampton (14.7.23). The fight was Cassidy's first six rounds as a pro and he was taking on Martin Shaw (32) who had entered the ring twenty times as a pro. Cassidy came into the fight with an unbeaten record of six without defeat. The show was promoted by Black Country Boxing Promotions and the fight was in the Super Middleweight division. Cassidy weighed in eleven stone seven with Shaw coming in eleven stone eight with Ryan Churchill reffing.
Cassidy went through the gears in the first round banging in combinations with a flurry of body shots which seemed to hurt Shaw. In the second Cassidy continued to apply pressure getting some nice shots in, in a scrappy round, when Cassidy did get to work he showed his class with nice combinations. Near the end of the round Cassidy landed a big right hand which caught Shaw flush on the jaw making him fall to the ropes, Cassidy then poured on the pressure with big shot with the bell saving Shaw.
Cassidy came out fast and strong in the third and landed a flurry of heavy shots with ref Kevin Parker jumping in stopping the fight in the first twenty seconds of the round.
Cassidy showed another string to his bow with his first stoppage victory and it was an impressive one. He showed a high-tempo work rate in the first two rounds and was always too much for his opponent. When he landed the big right hand at the end of the second Shaw looked gone with the bell saving him. Cassidy came out in the third and didn’t waste any time in ending the fight.
Cassidy is now seven without defeat and must have one eye on a Midlands area title. At the moment Cassidy will be looking to win titles as a Super Welterweight with the area title holder being thirty-two-year-old Ryan Amos. He has great potential and i can see this relented fighter going far.