Knockout Jamie lands new title

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NEW Stevenston kickboxer Jamie McGinnis didn’t have to break a sweat as he took just 12 seconds to pick up his latest title in Wishaw.

McGinnis is currently searching for a nickname and ‘hands of stone’ could be apt as Manchester’s Carl Martin’s feeble submission earned the lightweight fighter the first knock-out of his career and the vacant CMMA British amateur title in the process.

This latest title adds to the Golden Belt British and Commonwealth titles he already holds.

McGinnis said: “Carl is nearly double my height and came in with an unbeaten record, but one body shot in the corner and he was pulled out so I can only presume he hadn’t fought anyone of any reasonable quality before facing me.

“I had to go in and do a job and that’s what I did, the fact it lasted 12 seconds makes no difference to me. I’ve added another title and got my first knock-out which is important as you want to have opponents worried about your potential power.”

McGinnis steps away from kickboxing briefly on Saturday, September 1, as he makes his professional boxing debut in Renfrew at light-welterweight against Nottingham’s Ash Woodcock having signed a deal with the XK promotion.

He said: “I’ve had a few offers from boxing promoters, but really I’d rather concentrate on kickboxing and the money is better too, but obviously I’m free from injury after the Martin fight and it fitted in with my schedule so I thought ‘why not?’ and we’ll see how it goes.”

McGinnis gets back to his first love on September 22 in Livingston against Sergio Garcia over the vacant Golden Belt intercontinental title.