A PACKED Rivals Gym in Wishaw played host to Prospect Boxing’s first show on the season on Saturday.
The five fight card played host to a mix of Prospect’s existing fighters and featured new signings as well, headlined by Motherwell’s Iain Butcher.
The evening’s entertainment started with an acoustic set from singer Vincent Graham that was well received as the crowd filled the hall.
The card was open with an exhibition fight between débutante’s Martin McCord and Billy Campbel.
Taking the fight at a day’s notice McCord replaced Mark Bett and both fighters had there opportunities and showed good technique over the four rounds.
Making his professional debut Mark Parvin overcame early nerves to secure a 59-55 points win over the durable Sid Razak.
Making good use of his reach, Parvin gradually worked away at his opponents mid-section to give referee Kenny Pringle the nod to raise Parvin’s hand at the end of six rounds.
After six months out Rhys Pagan returned to action against Matt Seawright.
Overcoming Seawright’s ability to spoil the fight with an offensive action, Pagan secured a 60–53 points victory, with Seawright getting a point deducted for holding by referee Victor Loughlin.
Coming back after a break of four years Ryan Scott made a winning return with a 60–55 victory over Duncan Cottier.
After a slow start in which signs of ring rust were visable, Scott made good use of the ring to out score with the more experienced Cottier, which left referee Loughlin in no doubt.
Fighting for the first time over eight rounds in the main event Butcher made it 5-0 in his professional career as he beat Bulgarian Stefan Slavchev with a convincing 80-70 victory.
Hitting the canvas once in the fourth and twice in the sixth round, Slavchev got a reprieve in rounds six and seven when two knockdowns were ruled as slips by referee Loughlin.
Always looking to gain the victory, Butcher boxed well to overcome the Bulgarian’s frustrating preference for making use of the ring space as opposed to trading.