Michael earns an early night

Michael McGurk
Michael McGurk

Uddingston’s Michael McGurk made short work of Bulgarian opponent Yosif Panov at the Alona Hotel on Friday night.

Welterweight McGurk had Panov down three times in the opening round before the referee jumped in to end the contest.

McGurk said: “I was delighted with the way the fight went.I caught him with a good body shot in the first 20 or 30 seconds and just made sure I followed it up from there with big power punches.

“I put him down three times and the referee stopped it. To be honest the first time I put him down I didn’t expect him to get up and thought the referee might stop it then, but he did so fair play to him.

“I’m really pleased to have won my first four fights but haven’t thought too far ahead about titles.

“I’m back in training this week and waiting to hear who my next opponent will be and just taking each fight as it comes.”

Promoter Paul Graham of Bellshill-based Prospect Boxing added: “Panov had a 1-1 record, not against anyone great, but he certainly came here to fight.

“However, Michael did a number on him and although I’m sure his manager Tommy Gilmour would have liked him to get more rounds in the referee did the right thing and another TKO on his record won’t do him any harm at this stage.”

Craigneuk’s Lee Gallacher was due to be in action against William Warburton, but had to pull out due to tonsillitis.

Graham said: “It was a bit touch and go, but Lee is too good to risk if he isn’t 100 per cent.”

The card also saw Scott Edgar stop Kenny Davidson in the fourth round for super-middleweight British Masters Bronze Title. Mohammad Babazadeh stopped Borislav Zankov in the third round and Rhys Pagan beat Ryan Toms 58-56.