Mike refuses to
get riled by referee error

Michael McGurk
Michael McGurk

Uddingston boxer Michael McGurk maintained his unbeaten professional record on Saturday night even though an unfortuate incident in the first round saw him playing catch up.

Around 30 seconds into the fight at Bellahouston Sports Centre he swung a punch at Kevin McCauley which knocked him off balance and the Brighton fighter glanced a glove off the top of McGurk’s head which the referee ruled a knock down.

McGurk said: “I got up straight away and I couldn’t believe it was considered a knockdown and tried my best to win the rest of the round, but it went 10-8 in Kevin’s favour.

“I realised I was up against it as that put me two rounds down immediately, but I kept my composure and in the end won the remaining three rounds pretty comfortably to win 38-37.

“It’s annoying as that was the first time I had dropped a round, I know obviously it was going to happen as some point, but for it to happen in such a manner does bother me a bit.

“However, there is no point in moaning, I thought my performance in rounds two to four were pretty good, I’m not hurt and it’s another win under my belt which is all that matters.

“Everything is a learning curve and I am happy with my reaction to going behind and it’s time to move on.”

McGurk will be back in action in September as he looks to crack the top 50 of a saturated British welterweight division.

He said: “That’s three fights in the last six months so if I am out again in September and then have another in November then that will be five fights in 12 months.

“It’s good to be busy again after such a long break last year and while I don’t really bother about the numbers as such hopefully I can quickly move up the rankings in what is a very competitive decision.

On the same card Bellshill middleweight Willie Cook made his professional debut with a points victory over Kieron Gray.