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Andre Harris has his hand raised in victory style after winning his fourth professional boxing match with a first round technical knockout. The 28-year old is making the Madison area his home while advancing his career as a professional boxer. Photo Contributed

Andre Harris Wins Fourth Boxing Match With First Round TKO

GADSDEN- In four professional bouts, boxer Andre “Trouble Man” Harris has been in the ring for only 13-minutes, 48 seconds, with nine of those minutes occurring in one fight. He recently stepped into the ring for his fourth fight and quickly made his opponent just another one to bite the dust.

“I was confident in myself as I did not underestimate my opponent and once I had the feeling he couldn’t take my punch I kept advancing,” said Harris.

Taking to the action at The Venue at Coosa Landing in Gadsden in the 175-pound cruiserweight division, the 28-year old boxer who hails from Tuscaloosa, but is currently calling the Madison area home while working out at nearby Decatur, stepped into the ring against Dowen Pugh of Jacksonville, Fla. Pugh was known to have longer arms than Harris, so “Trouble Man” conjured up a plan to get inside the length of his opponent and administer as much damage as possible.

“My plan was getting inside his length and work on the inside as I spent the majority of my time going to his body with my punches,” said Harris, of his quick work. “I set him up with those punches and then nailed him with a good left hook that put him down.”

Pugh was attempting to get to his feet and finally the referee ended the fight with a technical knockout coming at 1:45 of the first round. This was the third of four fights Harris’ opponents have not made it through the opening round. His two previous first-round victories ended at 1:45 and 1:18. The third bout lasted three rounds before his opponent could not get off his stool after round three.

“I knew I would be victorious as I focused on my opponent and my training,” added Harris. “I stuck to my game plan and came away with another victory.”

A packed crowd was on hand for what was billed as the “Rumble by The River V.” Several fights were on the card, but none as intense and quick to end as the Trouble Man’s shellacking of the Floridian.  Harris went right back into training for his next bout, which has yet to be pinned down to a date nor opponent.

Harris’ entire story of how he stepped into the boxing ring and how his focusing on his profession is also helping him become a better father will be available in the May issue of the Madison Living Magazine.

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