Scots prove they are real fighters

Ronnie Nailen lands on Chris Wood
Ronnie Nailen lands on Chris Wood

Scotland took the honours as they faced the auld enemy in a cross-border clash at the Alona Hotel on Mayhem Boxing’s second Fight Club card.

A nail-biting evening in front of a crowd of 350 people saw the home boxers, who all train at Fighting Scots Gym in Mossend, win four bouts with their English guests taking three.

It was rough night for Uddingston’s Christine Brown as she was forced to retire from her first ever fight after suffering a dislocated shoulder against Gemma Thomas.

Fighting Scots head trainer Frank Gilulley said: “The health of our fighters is of parmount importance and it was terrible to see Christine getting injured.

“However, as we compete under the European Boxing Federation all the medical staff were on standby to whisk her to hospital and thankfully Christine is fine now.”

There was better news for the Scots as Shaun Tyler, Paul Brennen and Daniel Carter beat Lee Bruce, Charlie Woodhouse and Mark Green respectively.

However, the English drew level as James McFarlane lost to Jack McGuinness and then Scott McIntyre was disqualified for a low blow and head butt on Luke Bennett.

That left the score 3-3 going into the main event and Bellshill’s Ronnie Neilen stepped up to the plate as he defeated Chris Wood to claim overall victory.

In an international contest Motherwell’s Sean Welsh stepped into the ring for first time in 10 years to beat Mike Walker from Malta.

Gilluley said: “I was pleased with every fight, but have to give special mention to Paul and Ronnie as their bouts were terrific.

“It’s great to see so many people taking the opportunity to get fit and try something new and I’m absolutely delighted we embarked on this venture as you can see how much the guys and girls get out of it.

“We are already planning our next show which will be in September and can’t wait to get back to the Alona as it’s a great venue and is handy for the local support.

“After that we are planning a trip to Malta, which will give some of the fighters experience of travelling abroad and will give Ronnie a chance to compete for a European title.”

Meanwhile, former world champion Ricky Burns has been working out at Fighting Scots this week after a 10-week camp in Essex with with new trainer Tony Sims.

He faces Dejan Zlatican in Braehead on Friday for the vacant WBC International lightweight title.

Sims said “I’ve just tried to add little bits and pieces here and there to help him.”