NEW Stevenston kickboxer Jamie McGinnis has emulated Impact Kickboxing clubmate Gary McLeary by becoming a double champion.
Over 2.5 million people watched on fightnightlive.co.uk as McGinnis defeated Frenchman Sergio Hurron Garcia in Wishaw on Saturday night to add the British lightweight title to the Commonwealth belt he already held.
The victory stretched McGinnis’s record to 5-0 and his metioric rise has garnered national attention.
He said: “I knew from watching footage of Garcia he was an unconventional fighter and so it proved, but I was able to dominate the fight and in the end won comfortably on points.
“I am being put up against guys who have had 20-25 fights and I’m really just starting out, but everything is happening so fast and I’m just getting my head around being a double champion.
“Fightnightlive promoter Del Mann has told me they have never had viewing figures like they did for my fight and I have been asked to take part in a documentary about his Golden Belt Promotions for Sky Sports.
“It really is amazing to think that 2.5 million people watched me fight, but it is opening some doors, and Mr Mann is talking with my coach Jan Cree to be his Scottish promoter.
“I’m now just relaxing for a bit to take it all in, but hopefully things will continue to move forward and we can look towards trips abroad and maybe even a European title fight on a big PPV.”
Jamie’s efforts were also rewarded with the fight of the night and fighter of the night accolades.
It wasn’t all good news for the McGinnis family as Jamie’s brother Marc was forced to retire from a winning position in the fourth round of his bout with Livingston’s Craig Black due to a nose bleed.
In the main event Motherwell’s McLeary saw off the challenge of Poland’s Kris Romanovski to retain his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, while Newarthill’s Gary Moore make a succesful start to his professional career.