FORMER standout Basingstoke amateur boxer Bryce Goodridge got his professional career off to the perfect start with victory in his first outing which was at Southampton’s Novatol Hotel.

In the opposite corner was Latvia’s Raimonds Sniedze, a seasoned campaigner taking part in his 61st professional fight.

Basingstoke’s Goodridge came out to a noisy reception, as friends and family had come down to support and watch the light heavyweight in action.

He did not disappoint and produced a punch perfect display, landing the long trademark jab and scoring with follow up hooks to head and body as Sniedze from Riga pressed forward with little success.

All four rounds followed the same pattern, as the six foot six inch giant Goodridge moved round the ring, making his opponent miss and then backing him up and unloading four, five and six punch combinations to score a shut out 40-36 points decision from referee Kieran McCann.

The Basingstoke boxer will now have a week off after the victory, before heading back to the gym.

Goodridge hopes to be back in action in May or June.