Two kickboxing stablemates are both celebrating after striking gold at an event in Cleland Miners’.
Gary McLeary from Motherwell and Jamie McGinnis from New Stevenston both train at Impact Kickboxing under the tutelage of former World Champion Jan Cree and ex-pro boxer Charlie Parvin.
Gary was set to face South Shields’ Jamie Moore for the super heavyweight British and Commonwealth title but a serious knee injury meant the Englishman had to pull out.
He was replaced by north east champion Andrew Gibson of Middlesbrough, but Gary adjusted and won after 10 rounds to add to his Scottish title.
He said: “It was unfortunate Jamie had to pull out and it remains to be seen if he fights again, but I wish him all the best and hope he makes a full recovery.
“Andrew was a tough opponent, especially given he took the fight at a week’s notice, and it wasn’t exactly easy as he put up a good show but in the end I think I just wanted it more especially in front of a home crowd.”
Gary is currently in negotiations to fight in France later this month and will defend his newly won belts in June. He would like to thank premises manager Adele Montgomery of sponsors The Commercial Hotel in Wishaw and Hostile Fitness.
Meanwhile, Jamie also fought opposition from Middlesbrough as he beat Paul Hutchison over five rounds to lift the British lightweight title.
He said: “I have had a rough and rocky road to get this far and now I have opened a lot off doors to progress further, which I intend to do for myself and my family and friends who have all been great in supporting me, especially my brother Marc.”
Jamie will be hoping to add more gold when he fights for the vacant Commonwealth title in June. He would like to thank sponsors Print It Design and Curtis Insulation.