Many thanks to everyone who attended the Rumble In Renfrew 2 event last night (Saturday 1 September) at the Normandy Hotel. The atmosphere was electric throughout the evening – with some of the usual suspects from the SK Boxing Promotions team in action along with some exciting new additions. The prize for best boxer of the night was awarded to Martin “The Tank” Green following his toe-to-toe battle with Team Johnson’s Aaron “Bomber” Bell. Full event report below:
Due to having their opponents pull-out on the day of the event McArthur and Murray agreed to put all of their hard training to use through taking part in an exhibition contest to start off the evening. Along with Chris “The Executioner” Hilton who was also subject to having his opponent pull-out on the day of the event, McArthur and Murray were understandably disappointed – but all boxers have improved over the course of their training camps for this event so can take the positives from that and all will be in action soon as the SK Boxing Promotions team have a very busy schedule for the remainder of 2012.
This match-up was a highly anticipated rematch between Saleem and Greener for the BBU Northern Area Heavyweight Title Greener claimed when the pair met in July 2012. Greener was clearly in great shape and very fired up for this contest as he flew out of the blocks in the opening round. Saleeem boxed well and managed to make use of his longer reach. Greener had good success on the inside and with looping hooks but the cleaner work was coming from Saleem in the opener. The second and third rounds followed a similar pattern with Saleem producing the cleaner scoring punches. The judges scored the contest in favour of Saleem – the new BBU Northern Area Heavyweight Champion. A third meeting between Saleem and Greener in the future looks inevitable.
This Lightweight contest produced a classic “bull v matador” match-up with Dixon looking to close the range down and Murdoch keen to keep things at a distance and utilise his slick boxing. Throughout the contest Dixon’s high workrate and strength kept him ahead and he was declared the winner on points. Dixon continued his excellent run of form since turning his attention to boxing from kick-boxing since early 2012 and he will now contest the BBU British Title at Featherweight in his home town of Perth on Saturday 17 November.
This Light-Welterweight contest matched two young boxers both making their ring debut (Grierson having prior MMA experience). Local favourite Haynes was met by a rapturous reception as he made his way to the ring and he started well in the opening round. Haynes backed Grierson up and work well behind his jab and straight right hand. Grierson started to find his timing in an even second round. The third round saw Haynes start well but then tire as Grierson picked up the pace. The judges scored this contest a draw – a very fair result which reflects the effort both boxers put into their boxing debuts.
On a night with so many excellent contests it is hard to pick fight of the night – but this Welterweight contest picked up the accolade as both boxers threw caution to the wind from the outset as they looked to land with power punches immediately. Bell, coming to the ring on the back of two consecutive knockout victories, was clearly looking to make it a hat-trick of knockout successes as he loaded up with big right hands. Bell took the early initiative but Green was happy to oblige in standing and trading – and soon had Bell pushed back to the ropes. This pattern continued throughout the contest – Bell having success in bursts but Green looking the stronger fighter. On a number of occasions Green hurt Bell to both body and head but Bell refused to wilt and fired back each time. Green ran out a deserved winner on points – but full credit to Bell for making this an excellent contest.
This Light-Middleweight contest saw two boxers clash who both have considerable amateur and semi-pro experience. Glasgow’s Stevenson looked fired up for this contest from the outset, and started quickly behind a fast jab and sharp right hand. Stevenson’s unorthodox style and taunting tactics did little to faze Waggitt who looked to pile on the pressure in short bursts of aggression. Stevenson won the opener clearly however – scoring with a number of eye catching right crosses and a powerful right uppercut at the end of the round. The second and third rounds followed a similar pattern although things were a little scrappier in the second. Having finished the fight looking very strong Stevenson was awarded the points decision. Stevenson is now focussed on avenging his only semi-professional loss against Manchester’s Dave “The Boss” Bozz on 6 October at SK Boxing Promotion’s Fortune Favours The Bold Promotion at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow. Bozz is undefeated as a semi-professional but on this form Stevenson may well hand Bozz his first defeat.
This Light-Welterweight contest was a rematch of a closely contested bout between Graham and Johnson early in 2012. Both boxers were keen to get straight down to business and both boxers landed with some choice shots from the outset. Johnson had success in pushing Graham back and letting his hands go to body and head. Graham was picking the cleaner shots however – with his straight right hand scoring well. Towards the end of the opener Graham landed a perfectly timed body shot which dropped Johnson and ended the contest – Johnson having sustained an injury to his ribs. Graham continued his fine form as a semi-professional since joining the SK Boxing Promotions team in May.
Kelly, a new addition to the SK Boxing Promotions stable having switched over from the amateur code, had a large support for his semi-professional debut and entered the ring in fantastic shape. Forrest was not fazed however and looked to push Kelly onto the back foot from the opening bell. Both boxers had success in the early stages but Kelly’s jab ensured that he kept himself ahead in the early stages. Towards the end of the opener Kelly landed with a fantastic body shot followed by a right cross which dropped Forrest for an eight count which he failed to meet. This was an excellent semi-professional debut who has a bright future ahead of him.
Having picked up an excellent points win last weekend to take his record to 13 wins against a solitary controversial defeat, Kerr entered this contest full of confidence. Munch, having scored an impressive victory on the SK Boxing Promotions event held at Scotstoun in June was also confident of scoring a victory – as he looked to overturn a previous close points loss to Kerr. Kerr, having been engaged in a toe-to-toe battle last weekend started this contest looking to use the full extent of his boxing ability and negate Munch’s southpaw stance with straight right hands followed by left hooks. Kerr took the opening round – landing with the cleaner scoring punches. In the second Kerr looked to raise the tempo but Munch’s excellent movement posed problems which saw Kerr fall short at times with Munch countering well in a round which he may well have edged. Kerr’s pressure in the second paid dividends in the third as Munch tired and Kerr landed with some eye catching left hooks and straight rights. Kerr was awarded the points decision in yet another excellent contest. Kerr, the reigning BBU British Super-Middleweight Champion will be back in action on 6 October at SK Boxing Promotion’s Fortune Favours The Bold Promotion at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow – in a 4 man tournament which promises to provide fireworks. The full line-up for the tournament will be announced soon.
The competitive action started and finished with Heavyweight action – the final contest seeing Glasgow’s Stevens (coming to the ring undefeated in 13 contests) clash with Newcastle’s tough and experienced Barnes. Both boxers entered the ring on the back of knockout victories and looked to unleash power punches in the opener. Stevens took the opening round – landing well with a variety of shots with the jab racking up points in his favour. Stevens also took the second round – shaking Barnes at the end of the round, his relentless pressure having started to tell on Barnes. Knowing that he was trailing in the cards Barnes looked to have a big finish in the final round – but buoyed by his success at the end of the second Stevens’ confidence was high as he looked to land with jabs and right hooks. Stevens dropped Barnes in the third with an excellent shot, which looked to have ended the contest but Barnes bravely got up and battled back to make it to the final bell. Stevens recorded yet another win against a very worthy challenger – who has real knockout power if he is given the space to land his powerful right hand.
Money was raised on the night of the event for Sunny Harbour Cat and Kitten Sanctuary – many thanks to those who donated prizes for the charity raffle held on the night.
Many thanks to event sponsor Tanturm Tan and to Gary “The Mint” Murray’s sponsor – Fastlane Motors.