Jack Hillier got his professional boxing career off to a winning start as he defeated Jules Phillips in Boscombe.

Hillier won all four rounds behind his razor sharp jab and showed great footwork.

The former Southampton ABC amateur had Phillips hurt on several occasions but couldn’t quite find the stoppage he was looking for.

Hillier’s cornerman, Gary White, said: “It was a tough contest for Jack against a tough and durable opponent who came to win and certainly had his moments, particularly with his over hand right.

“At times Jack got a bit frustrated when he couldn’t find that finishing shot but overall a fantastic debut for Jack who is now being managed by Barry McGuigan and trained by a great young trainer in Josh Pritchard.

“He will learn a hell of a lot from this fight and keep on improving under the McGuigan gym’s guidance and he has a bright future. He is only 20 and it was first fight in a year so it was good for him to shake off the ring rust.

“Jack himself said he was delighted to get the win and his debut out of the way and looks forward to many more nights like that. He would like to thank the fantastic support that came down from Southampton and his sponsor Daran Adams and Sons roofing and the Southampton Solent university team for their continued support.”