East v West

East v West Semi-Professional Boxing Event, 28 June 2013, Results / Fight Report

The East v West event at the Alona Hotel in Motherwell was a great success – with an exciting blend of contests which went down to the wire and resulted in close points decisions and some explosive inside the distance finishes.

Full results and a brief summary of each contest are set out below.

1.            Flyweight Exhibition Contest

RED – Drey “The Hammer” Horsburgh (Holyrood Boxing Club, Edinburgh)

BLUE – Rhys “The Grenade” Gavin (SK Boxing Promotions)

This exhibition contest provided both young boxers with an opportunity to put into practice what they have been working on in the gym and was a useful exercise for both. 

2.            Light-Heavyweight Contest

RED – Callum “Head” Hunter (Gladiatorial Combat)

BLUE – Willie “The Doonhammer” Devlin (SK Boxing Promotions)

This Light-Heavyweight contest matched Hunter, an undefeated MMA fighter against Devlin from Dumfries.  Hunter made use of his height and reach advantage throughout as well as working the body well – and ran out the winner on points.


  1. 3.            Welterweight Contest

RED – Andy “Boom Boom” Thorburn (Holyrood Boxing Club, Edinburgh)

BLUE – Ilyas “The Terrible” Tashuev (SK Boxing Promotions)

This Welterweight match-up, originally scheduled as an exhibition bout, saw both boxers look to pick their punches – with neither really taking charge of the contest.  In the end Thorburn’s higher work rate won him a close points decision.


  1.  4.           Cruiserweight Contest (SPONSOR = E. Ewing & Sons Building & Landscaping)

RED – Stan “Too Good” Wood (New Blood Martial Arts, Carlisle)

BLUE – Gordon “The Bull” Brennan (Trench Boxing Club, Dunfermline)

The boxers in this contest brought more than 150 fights worth of experience to this intriguing Cruiserweight match-up.  Wood, unbeaten in 5 years coming into the contest carried the reputation of being a very big puncher.  Brennan did an excellent job of not allowing Wood to get off with his big shots by being the busier of the two throughout and letting his own punches go in powerful bursts.  Wood did well to take some very strong shots from Brennan and there was no doubt as to the winner at the final bell – Brennan improving to 2-0 in the semi-professional ranks.


  1. 5.            Light-Heavyweight Exhibition Contest

RED – Callum “The Mechanic” McCauley (Holyrood Boxing Club, Edinburgh)

BLUE – Shayan “Madman” Samaki (SK Boxing Promotions)

Samaki, giving away weight to his taller opponent in this exhibition contest boxed very well throughout this exhibition contest and this match-up also provided McCauley with invaluable experience – sharing the ring with a more experienced boxer.

  1. Lightweight Contest

RED – Awais “Kiss My” Butt (Wigan)

BLUE – Mark “Too Strong” Armstrong (SK Boxing Promotions)

Wigan boxer Butt entered the ring with a rather audacious nickname and it was clear from the opening bell that he had a flamboyant style of boxing to match – with his hands held low as he looked to keep the fight at range.  Armstrong did well in the first round – cutting the ring off well and scoring to both body and head.  In the second round, as Butt started to tire, Armstrong was getting home with some solid shots which forced the referee to call a halt to the action.


  1. Welterweight Contest

RED – Vasos “Ares” Makris (Holyrood Boxing Club, Edinburgh)

BLUE – “Razor” Ronnie Stephen (SK Boxing Promotions)

In this evenly matched Welterweight contest both boxers were scoring well with straight punches and it was Stephen who managed to maintain a higher work rate throughout.  Stephen improved to 2-0.


  1. 8.            Heavyweight Contest (SPONSOR = Carbon Solutions Scotland)

RED – Paul “The Destroyer” Davis (Blackpool)

BLUE – John “Cruel Intentions” Stevens (SK Boxing Promotions)

Stevens, the reigning BBU British Heavyweight Champion, was faced with a late change of opponent which saw experienced campaigner Davis still in to attempt to spoil Stevens’ unbeaten record.  Both boxers looked sharp in the opening exchanges but it was Stevens who landed with the cleaner shorts – as series of jabs knocking Davis’ head back.  Stevens then caught Davis with a powerful right hand to the body – which Davis failed to recover from and which saw Stevens declared the winner in the opening stanza.  Stevens improves to 21-0 with yet another impressive victory against a formidable opponent.


  1. Cruiserweight Contest (SPONSOR = Curtis Insulation)

RED – Lee “Lights Out” Coates (New Blood Martial Arts, Carlisle)

BLUE – Curtis “Big Time” Biggam (Impact Gym, Holytown)

Both boxers were making their debuts in this Cruiserweight contest.  Given that this was the first ring appearance for both boxers the standard of boxing was impressive – with Biggam taking the points decision. 


  1. Welterweight Contest

RED – Adam “The Warrior” James (Wigan)

BLUE – Martin “The Tank” Green (SK Boxing Promotions)

Local favourite Green entered the ring to a rapturous reception from the home crowd – both Green and his supporters knowing that this was to be his last contest before taking up a coaching role with Team SK.  Green was out of the traps fast and clearly not in a mood for entering into any sort of feeling out process with his opponent.  Green’s body shots and uppercuts were landing at will as he overpowered his opponent and claimed victory in under 60 seconds.  Full credit to James who was there to win but faced a man who was clearly on a mission and had a drive which would have pushed him on to claim victory against even the most formidable foe on this night. 


  1. 11.          Super-Middleweight Contest (SPONSOR = Clyde Repair Centre)

RED – Maly “The Animal” Richardson (Blackpool)

BLUE – “Magic” Marc Kerr (SK Boxing Promotions)

Kerr, the reigning BBU British Super-Middleweight Champion, knew that he faced a stern test in the form of Richardson – a veteran of more than 150 contests.  Kerr started well – scoring to both head and body and both boxers let go with flurries of punches which highlighted just how capable they both are inside the ring.  At just over the one minute mark, Kerr landed a perfect right cross – left hook combination which left Richardson on his back with no need for a 10 count as the referee waved the contest off.  This was a massively impressive win for Kerr against an extremely experienced and durable opponent. 


  1. Light-Middleweight Contest (SPONSOR = PFS – The Perfect Finishing Solution)

RED – “Main Event” Mickey Nolan (New Blood Martial Arts, Carlisle)

BLUE – Gary “The Mint” Murray (SK Boxing Promotions)

In this top of the bill clash Coatbridge’s Murray faced a formidable opponent in the form of Carlisle’s Mickey Nolan.  Throughout the contest Nolan looked to press the action and scored with some choice power punches but it was the cleaner punching of Murray which was picking up the points.  After some excellent exchanges in the closing seconds it was Murray who was declared the winner on points.


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