Brilliant night of boxing at Alona Hotel

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An enthusiastic group of 400 fight fans created a wonderful atmosphere at a night featuring nine contests involving members of Mossend-based Fighting Scots Gym.

Saturday evening’s festivities at Strathclyde Park’s Alona Hotel – headlined by European bantamweight champion Paul Brannan – have been hailed by the organiser, Fighting Scots Gym supremo Frank Gilluley.

Frank joined the other fight fans in watching Bellshill-based Fighting Scots Gym boxer Brannan successfully defend his Celtic title with a victory over Lucas Tinkler. This brought down the curtain on a memorable evening of action.

“It was a great night with a fantastic atmosphere,” Frank said.

“Paul is a very consistent fighter who is getting stronger. He is feeling the extra power when fighting at 60kg.”

Brannan’s fight was the last one staged on an evening which had started with Viewpark boxer and Fighting Scots Gym member Christine Brown’s second round stoppage of Sam Dekota in a 69kg contest.

“It was a brilliant performance by Christine,” Frank said.

“She had been worried about the lasting effects of a shoulder injury, but she was absolutely fine and got a straightforward win.

“Christine overpowered her opponent with a lot of good body shots. The referee eventually had to step in and stop it.”

The next few novice fights saw Carfin’s Michael Dooey draw with Liam Cawley, and Bellshill boxers Ray Kelly and Bryan Simpson both record victories in their respective fights against Dylan Edwards and Jack Newsham.

Next up was a contest between two Fighting Scots Gym stalwarts – Stuart Maxwell and Lorne Crawford – and their four-round novice title fight fittingly ended in a draw.

Fighting Scots Gym ace Stephen Erwin stopped Darryl Lucas to land a novice title, before Bellshill clubmate Ben McGivern won a Celtic title with a first round triumph over Jamie Wheldon.

Mossend’s Aidan McGlynn convincingly won his semi professional light heavyweight clash with Manchester’s James Higgy with a powerful body shot which earned a first round stoppage.

“Aidan is very technical and is a powerful hitter,” Frank added.

A rare negative on the evening was the cancellation of the Celtic title fight of Biggar’s Scott McIntyre, as opponent Luke Thomas was one pound over the 66kg limit.