NEWARTHILL boxer John Downie made a successful return to the ring on Friday night after an absence of six months, but was made to work hard for the win by Motherwell fighter Mark Bett.
Downie (23) had been due to face Sussex journeyman Robin Deakin on the card at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, while Bett (28) was set to for a rematch with Uddingston’s Zander White.
However, with neither opponent available Downie and Bett were thrown together for a lightweight bout of six two-minute rounds with referee Kenny Pringle declared Downie the winner on points by 58-56.
Downie said: “I thought I won fairly cleanly, even if my tactic of trying to hit and move didn’t work very well and I ended up trading with him a bit more.
“It was my first fight since November and it will take a while for me to get back up to scratch, but I’m happy with four wins in four professional fights.”
In contrast to Downie, Motherwell light-welterweight Steven Sharoudi has had four fights since November and will be looking to continue his unbeaten record when he faces Middlesbrough’s Phil Boyle at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, on Friday, June 3.
He said: “The Kelvin Hall is a fantastic venue that has hosted a lot of big fights.
“My last fight against Matt Seawright seemed designed to teach me how to cope with a guy who uses his head and there will be something to learn against Boyle too.”
Full story in May 26 edition of Times & Speaker