NEW Stevenston kickboxer Jamie McGinnis won the Golden Belt intercontinental lightweight title in Livingston on Saturday to make him a quadruple champion.
Already the holder of the CMMA British and the Golden Belt British and Commonwealth belts, McGinnis was up against a familiar face as he took on Sergio Garcia whom he relieved of the latter title earlier in the year.
However, despite another comfortable win on paper, McGinnis insists it was a much tougher night over eight rounds.
He said: “It was a hard fight as he had obviously tried hard to adapt to my fighting style since the last time we met.
“I had to have the top of my head and above my eye glued shut after he caught me with headbutts three or four times and the referee actually wanted to disqualify him, but I said no as I wanted to win it the right way.
“He claimed the headbutts were accidental and it’s possible, I think he was just so desperate to win that he went a bit far because, otherwise, he was very respectful inside and outside the ring.
“I caught him early and was always at least two points up in every round. The more he pushed it and kept headbutting the more points he lost.
“In the end I was delighted to add the intercontinental title especially with two busloads of fans from Bridges Bar coming along to cheer me on.”
McGinnis will get little time to rest his sore head as he looks to begin preparations to face Golden Belt European champion David Gillan, of Wales, in Cleland on Saturday, October 13.
That card will be headlined by Impact Kickboxing Club mate Gary McLeary, going for Golden Belt’s world super-heavyweight title.
McGinnis said: “It will be a big night for Gary and I’m delighted he has this opportunity. I’m also glad Golden Belt were able to find me a place on the card, especially with the European title on the line.”