Pine Bluff boxer Donald Griffin started his professional career with a victory Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Griffin, 20, defeated Jason Tresvan of Las Vegas by unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 40-34, 40-36, 40-36.
“I was fighting so much on an amateur level, I was trying to get points,” Griffin said, talking about his adjustment from the amateur style early in the fight. “I was throwing a lot of punches.
“The altitude was real high, so it got heavy on me. I was basically punishing the guy, but he threw in a couple of good licks.”
Griffin knocked down Tresvan in the second round and stayed dominant through the whole fight.
Griffin is a Dollarway High School graduate and nursing student at Southeast Arkansas College. He’s been boxing since he was 13 and made the decision to turn pro following the Olympic Trials.
“I didn’t feel like waiting another four years for the Olympics,” he said.