Gary makes winning start

Gary McCallum made a winning start to his pro career
Gary McCallum made a winning start to his pro career

Newarthill Boxing Club middleweight Gary McCallum marked his professional debut with victory over London’s Dalton Miller at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, last week.

The St Andrew’s Sporting Club bill saw McCallum (21), who lives in Castlemilk, awarded a hard-fought contest 58-56 on referee Kenny Pringle’s scorecard, much to the delight of trainer Wullie Downie.

He said: “Gary boxed well considering this was his first time back in the ring after a two year lay-off from the sport.

“He has been working hard in the gym and it paid off. Miller was no mug, with three wins and two losses on his record.”

Motherwell welterweight Steven Banks won his first two pro fights at the Radisson and is looking to make it three wins out of three when he takes on Malta’s Daniel Micallef, who lost his debut fight last month, at Wishaw Sports Centre tomorrow (Friday).

Banks, who trains at Keir Hardie ABC, said: “I really don’t know anything about Micallef, but I’m sure I’ll be able to deal with whatever he brings.

“It will be nice to perform in a home setting for the first time and I want to make my friends and family proud.”

Meanwhile, Keir Hardie flyweight Iain Butcher has seen his opponent switched to Kuwaiti journeyman Anwar Alfadli for his debut fight.

The six-card programme, hosted by Bellshill-based Prospect Boxing Promotions, also includes Bellshill’s Scottish featherweight champion, Kris Hughes, and Netherton’s Mark Bett.

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Full story in October 22 edition of Times & Speaker