Bett eyes title if ring return is successful


MOTHERWELL boxer Mark Bett is hoping for a more successful return to the ring next month after his last fight descended into farce.

Out of action for two years, Bett was due to take on Cambuslang’s Brian Murphy on Bellshill promoter Paul Graham’s card at Wishaw in November, but at the last minute Murphy pulled out.

Edinburgh’s Jason Hastie agreed to an exhibition and was awarded a technical knock-out in the first round.

Bett said: “It was a farce. We were supposed to be having an exhibition, but clearly Hastie had other ideas. He caught me with one and the referee stopped the bout.”

Bett faces Sheffield journeyman Daniel Thorpe at Wishaw Sports Centre on Friday, February 25.

“I’m confident everything will go well this time and then I’ll look at challenging the Scottish or the British Masters champion.”

Thorpe lost to Motherwell’s Steven Sharoudi at the Radisson in Glasgow on Monday this week.

The 33-year-old had been stopped only 24 times in 137 fights, but Sharoudi, in just his second professional fight, proved too much and Thorpe retired at the end of the second round.

Full story in January 27 edition of Times & Speaker