Motherwell kickboxer Darren Smith has secured his third title in just his sixth fight.
Already holding the CMMA’s Scottish and British middleweight titles he took on Bathgate’s Derrick McFarlane in Wishaw with the WKA’s Scottish middleweight belt on the line.
After five rounds Smith was declared the winner on points and is already looking ahead to his next challenge.
He said: “It was a tough fight against a guy who only stepped in at the last minute so fair play to him for allowing me to get another five rounds under my belt.
“The spectacular knockouts can wait, I have only had six fights so getting in the rounds and building up experience is the most important thing.
“Things may happen between now and then, but I am now focused on winning the WKA British title in December, it will be another step up in quality, but if I continue to work hard then there is no reason I can’t take another step up the ladder.”
Smith is trained by World super-heavyyweight champion Gary McLeary at his Inferno Gym in Motherwell.
McLeary said: “I am over the moon with how Darren is doing, with every fight he has shown more and more ability and is only going to get better as he goes up against more experienced opponents.
“However we will be doing this properly, he won’t be taking fights just for the sake of it only when they are right for him and if he keeps his head down and continues to work hard then there is no telling just how good he might get.”
On the same card fellow Inferno Gym member Alan Drain won his third outing with a points victory over Steven Lynch.
McLeary himself will be back in action on November 1 when he promotes another show at St Bride’s Hall.
He would like to thank sponsors Clyde Scaffolding Ltd, Imperial Bar, Hed Kandi Salon, Commercial Hotel, Stanford Logistics Ltd and Construction Solutions Ltd.