Fight Club finds new ring kings

David Markey (right) was back in the ring for the first time in 12 years and dominated Danny Zico.
David Markey (right) was back in the ring for the first time in 12 years and dominated Danny Zico.
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Fight Club promoter Ged Welsh was delighted with Saturday’s inaugural event and promises there is more to come.

An audience of 450 people packed into the Alona Hotel in Strathclyde Park to watch five semi-professional and seven novice fights as well as enjoy a three-course meal.

Ged, of Mayhem Promotions, said: “The atmosphere was brilliant, part of the idea of Fight Club is to have music playing before and after the fights and the audience were all up dancing and singing they really made the night.

“The Alona Hotel is an excellent venue in terms of facilities and location so the plan is definitely to make it our regular home going forward.

“The governing body The European Boxing Federation (EBF) were delighted with how things went, especially with it being our first event and we intend to run another one in June and then two more later in the year.”

The semi-professional card featured boxers who train at Fighting Scots Gym in Mossend taking on English opposition, while the novice fights were all between Fighting Scots members.

Scott McIntyre picked up an EBF Celtic title with a first round stoppage of Kyle Monclair, as did Ronnie Nailen with a fourth round stoppage of Josh Groombridge.

Paddy Reilly and David Markey were both successful in title eliminators against Craig Highton and Danny Zico respectively, while Jarek Witek earned a first round stoppage over Josh Barnsley.

Ged said: “The Fighting Scots lads had a clean sweep and this looks like a team to watch out for.

“They are getting better all the time and this event was the perfect showcase to show everyone how well they are progressing.”

The novice fights saw Mariuz Lazy, Steven McMillan, Matt Costello, Mark Baylan, Daniel Carter, Martin Keeney, Gerard Gillan, Paul MacFarlane, Lee Murray, Shaun Tyler, Gary Kidd and Denis McGill in action.

Ged said: “Massive thanks to these lads for all there hard work and effort - they excelled on the build up, training, sparring, helping each other out, team work and on the night.

“There are no winners or losers at this level, getting in the ring makes you a boxer and they certainly all did that.

“Everyone had a great night went home in one piece and that’s all we can ask as the safety of all the competitors is of paramount importance.”

Fight Club would like to thank sponsors Central Cars Viewpark, Michael Jackson Plant Hire, Athena Design and Print, JMJBL Auto Electrics, Torra Scotia Sports, KCC Boxing Show, Bruce the Lawyers, UXXV Media, Protein Jakes, Habitat Building Services, Scot Industrial Products, and Couture Beauty UK.