TOMMY Gilmour is delighted with the progress of Motherwell boxer Steven Sharoudi in his fledgling professional career, even if the fighter himself was disappointed with the manner of his latest success.
Sharoudi won all six rounds of his light-welterweight bout with Tamworth journeyman Matt Seawright at Scotstoun on Saturday, but was left a frustrated figure after his fourth professional victory.
He said: “It was bit of a poor fight, Matt fights very low and is awkward, you certainly have to keep an eye on his head.
“The main thing is I am continuing to gain experience and the Gilmours are certainly keeping me busy with four fights in five months so far.
“I just hope next time I step in the ring I can put on a rather better performance.”
As his manager, Gilmour understands Sharoudi’s frustration, but says it is important that he learns to combat all the tricks if he is to move up a level.
He said: ““There is no point putting him in there with guys who will fall down like a pack of cards, this is a learning experience and he has to know how to deal with the guys who use their head or rub their gloves on the side of his face.
“It is the guys who deal with the roughhousing that become champions rather than just contenders.”
Meanwhile, fellow Motherwell boxer Michael Roberts has been forced to pull out of his fight on the undercard of Ricky Burns’s world title defence on Saturday with a virus.
Full story in March 10 edition of Times & Speaker