Motherwell boxer Iain Butcher made short work of Bulgarian Valentin Marinov and is now ready to look to future.
The flyweight moved up to super bantamweight for one night, but even against a much larger opponent Butcher’s power was in evidence at Ravenscraig Regional Sport Facility as Marinov failed to get up after a body shot just two minutes 40 seconds into round one.
Butcher said: “It was just a clean shot to the solar plexus and anyone who gets hit with a shot like that is going to be dropped.
“It could have been me in there on the receiving end of one, but I saw the opening and just took the chance as it was presented to me.
“We didn’t want to go for a big fight right away, wanted to break myself back in and lose the rust so it was a worthwhile exercise from that point of view.”
Butcher, who fights out of Keir Hardie ABC, next focus is to get the British and Commonwealth flyweight title around his waist, having been denied by a controversial judges decision last summer.
Purse bids for a rematch with Kevin Satchell have to be entered by next Wednesday, but rumours are rampant the champion will vacate.
Butcher said: “I will speak with my manager Paul Graham about purse bids to bring the fight up here.
“I have heard throughout he boxing scene Satchell is going to vacate the belt, but I just need to wait to find out if that is the case.
“What happened in July is in the past and if I continue to dwell on it then I am not moving forward.
“I’m happy that the rematch had been made as I want revenge for the controversial decision that went again me.
“If he takes the fight I am over the moon, but the main thing is that the Lonsdale belt is at the end of the line for me and that’s what I’m looking for.”
The night Butcher won the WBO European flyweight title was also supposed to mark the professional debut of Bellshill light-welterweight JP McGuinness.
That didn’t happen, but as the Springhill ABC fighter beat another Bulgarian Teodar Stefanov 59-55 on points he admitted he was happy it took an extra four months.
McGuinness said: “I was gutted at the time, but I’m glad now because it gave me longer to work of stuff and I’m ten times better than I would have been in October.
“The nerves got to me, so I had a slow start and that disappointed me, but I just took my time, kept my guard up and picked my shots and I think I got better as the fight went on.
“Getting off to a faster start is something we can work on for next time and I can put the nerves behind me.”
Also making his debut was Motherwell light-middleweight Lee Gallagher who got off to a winning start beating Jason McArdle 59-55 on points.
Like McGuinness, Gallagher also admitted to being hampered by nerves and was just pleased to get the first fight out the way.
He said: “I was just trying to listen to my trainer and be good, that was all I wanted to be was good, but nerves kinda got to me.
“I was in there with a boy who was here to win so he didn’t make it easy, but if I could do it again I would settle down and not try to put everything into every punch.
“But the first one is over and I’ll get better as time goes on, I have great guys round me like Jim Love, Barry Morrison and Mitch Prince at Forgewood ABC and they’ll look after me.”
Viewpark welterweight Michael McGurk won his debut in 21 seconds, but this time the vastly experienced William Warburton forced him to accept a 40-37 points win.
Not that McGurk minded spending longer in the ring this time.
He said: “It wasn’t really a plan to have the fight go the distance as if the opportunity had come up I would have ended it.
“However, it was good to get the four rounds under my belt as I am still developing and getting used to being a professional.
“At this stage in my career the best place to learn is in the ring, especially going up against a seasoned campaigner, everyone enjoys seeing a knock-out but you learn nothing from it.”
“I was more nervous for this fight than my debut as I brought 150 people to watch me so I hope they enjoyed it.”