Pine Bluff boxer Donald Griffin started his professional career with a victory Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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. Hes been boxing since he was 13 and made the decision to turn pro following the Olympic Trials.

I didnt feel like waiting another four years for the Olympics, he said.