Burns too hot for Mitchell challenge

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Boxing promoter Chris Gilmour hailed Uddingston fighter Paul Burns for putting on his best ever display in a victory over Dee Mitchell on Monday night.

Burns was given the decision after eight rounds and Gilmour said: “Paul put on the best performance I’ve seen from him and for the first time I actually thought he used his size and strength advantage.

“If he can get another three or four wins under his belt I can see the possibility of a title opportunity.”

Burns added: “I’m 28 now and would like to retire by the time I’m 30 so for the next 18 months I’ll be doing whatever I have to and hope to push myself into title contention.”

Two Motherwell fighters have pulled out of events. Mark Bett misses Paul Graham’s event at Wishaw Sports Centre due to work commitments, while John Downie has withdrawn from Chris Gilmour’s card at Scotstoun on Saturday, March 5, through injury.

Downie will be replaced by undefeated Motherwell light-welterweight Steven Sharoudi.

Full story in February 24 edition of Times & Speaker