A capacity crowd at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza was last night (Saturday 11th February 2012) treated to an action-packed night of white collar and semi-professional boxing.
The home boxers enjoyed success in the first half of the show – with both Perth’s Chris Hilton and Glasgow’s Scott McArthur scoring stoppage wins against English opposition. SK Boxing Promotions’ Gavin Stevenson and Milad Omidi both scored points victories.
At heavyweight, Dundee’s Davie Drummond gave up considerable weight and height advantages to Kaseem Saleem of Dumfries. Saleem started well and kept Drummond on the back foot throughout the first round. As the fight wore on Saleem looked to tire and Drummond landed with a number of powerful body shots which slowed Saleem down and forced the referee to stop the contest in the final round. Full credit to Saleem who took this contest against an opponent with a reputation as a massive puncher on at 24 hours notice.
The first half also saw Marc Dixon of Kokoro Kai and Scott Allan of Rivals Gym secure points victories which booked their places in the final of the semi-professional 4 man tournament at Featherweight.
The second half kicked off with the debut of SK Boxing Promotions’ Andy Holder at Light-Middleweight. Southpaw Holder started fast and overwhelmed his English opponent to secure a first round victory. Jamie Reston and Marc Kerr all secured victories before the final of the Featherweight 4 man tournament.
The final of the 4 man tournament between Marc Dixon and Scott Allan was closely contested, and had the crowd on their feet. The fight was extremely close and the decision could have went either way – with the judges awarding Scott Allan with the victory. Full credit to both boxers who gave their all and put on a great show in their semi-final and final contests.
In the main of the event of the evening SK Boxing Promotions’ John Stevens edged Birmingham’s Jermaine Graham in a clash of undefeated heavyweights. This contest was very close and difficult to score, with the judges opting for the cleaner work of Stevens in the first round and his aggression in the final round – with Graham taking the second. Both Stevens and Graham deserve respect for risking their undefeated records and a rematch of this contest is to be scheduled for later in the year.
Many thanks to all who attended the event, all sponsors and to Diamond Dolls for supplying the ringcard girls for the event.