On Saturday 30th March 2013 SK Boxing Promotions held their inaugural event at the Dewars Centre in Perth – Fair City Fight Night 2. This event saw 5 excellent Scotland v Liverpool contests along with 7 supporting bouts. The capacity crowd were treated to a night of explosive semi-professional boxing action, the highlight of which was a chilling knockout from Glasgow based Pole Bartek Kaluzny.
The results from the event are set out below:
Bout 1: Welterweight Contest (Sponsored by VIP Fitness)
Gary “The Mint” Murray (SK Boxing Promotions) WON POINTS v Wilter “The Assassin” Richardson (Nemesis Boxing Club)
Styles clashed in this Welterweight rematch between Coatbridge’s Murray and Richardson from Maryport. The cleaner work was coming from Murray throughout in spite of Richardson often being the aggressor. Murray claimed a well-deserved points victory.
Bout 2: Light-Middleweight Contest
Robbie “The Sniper” Russell (Aberfeldy) LOST POINTS v “Lights Out” Lee Anderson (Glasgow Fitness Gym)
After a stronger start Glasgow’s Anderson was able to maintain his lead against Russell who was making his ring debut. Anderson looked an improved fighter since his debut towards the end of 2012 and Russell will have learned a lot from what proved to be a tough debut.
Bout 3: Middleweight Contest
Gary “The Scotstoun Scrapper” Porter (SK Boxing Promotions) WON POINTS v King Abz (Liverpool)
This Middleweight contest matched ex-professional southpaw Porter against Liverpool’s awkward King Abz. Porter started well – immediately finding his range with the lead southpaw right hook. Porter continued to land first throughout the contest and also produced some excellent body work. Abz had some success when he pressured Porter but there was no doubt as to the winner – Porter taking the points decision.
Bout 4: Lightweight Contest
Ross “The Boss” Love (Edinburgh) LOST POINTS v Sammy “Striker” Fadaye (Carlisle)
Bout 4 involved two boxers who were both making their semi-professional debuts, having previously campaigned in the amateur ranks. Both boxers were looking to box their way in and in the end Fadaye ran out the winner on points. This was Love’s first bout in a number of years and he is now looking to gain some momentum through getting back into the ring as soon as possible.
Bout 5: Welterweight Contest
Luke “Terminator” Tolland (SK Boxing Promotions) WON POINTS v Shane “Boom Boom” Bowmer (Newcastle)
Debutant Tolland and Newcastle’s more experienced Bowmer proved an excellent match for one another – both looking to score at range and work behind the jab. Tolland’s greater accuracy and ability to make Bowmer miss earned him a points victory.
Bout 6: Welterweight Contest
Liam “No Fear” Mackie (Aberfeldy) LOST TKO ROUND 1 v Gerry “The Machine” Malone (Liverpool)
This Welterweight contest pitched two boxers with very different body types and fighting styles against one another. Stocky Mackie made his intentions clear from the outset as he looked to get into range and score with powerful hooks. Mackie’s tactics brought him some success but his lunging punches left him open to counter punches. Malone capitalised on the openings to score with solid shots in the opening round which forced Mackie to take a knee and the referee called a halt to the action.
Bout 7: Heavyweight Exhibition Contest (Sponsored by Tantrum Tan)
John “Cruel Intentions” Stevens (SK Boxing Promotions) v Gordon “The Bull” Brennan (SK Boxing Promotions)
After the late withdrawal of Stevens’ opponent SK team-mate Brennan from Dunfermline offered to step in to box an exhibition bout with the reigning BBU British Heavyweight champion. Both boxers put on an excellent display for the crowd and will be in action at SK Boxing Promotions’ next event Portobello Thunder which will be held at Portobello Town Hall in Edinburgh on Saturday 27th April.
Bout 8: Light-Heavyweight Contest (Sponsored by BJM Interiors)
Ian “The Rock” Ritchie (SK Boxing Promotions) LOST TKO Round 2 v Dan “The Destroyer” Lennon (Newcastle)
After a rapturous reception by his large following of supporters Ritchie entered the ring to face a very composed looking Lennon. The crowd were silenced early in the opening round as Lennon landed a big left hook flush on Ritchie’s chin to drop him for a mandatory 8 count. Ritchie did well to pull himself together and see out the round. In the second round Ritchie looked to turn the tables but Lennon had found the range for his left hook and after hurting Ritchie once more left the referee with no choice but to stop the contest. This was only Ritchie’s second contest and he was up against a very capable opponent – and he will now have to rebuild before his comeback fight which is scheduled for May.
Bout 9: Super-Middleweight Contest
Paul “The Punisher” Bainbridge (Glasgow Fitness Gym) WON TKO Round 2 v Darren “Dazza” Adams (Liverpool)
In a clash of two unbeaten boxers it was Glasgow’s Bainbridge who kept his “0” – his work rate proving too much for Liverpool’s Adams, who was hindered by a cut eye.
Bout 10: Light-Heavyweight Contest(Sponsored by B & A Builders)
Bartek “Polish Patrick” Kaluzny (SK Boxing Promotions) WON KO Round 2 v Anthony “Powerhouse” Poulsen (Liverpool)
This Light-Heavyweight encounter provided the crowd with some excellent action from two big-hitters. Liverpool’s Poulsen started well – catching Kaluzny with some powerful uppercuts and landing with the better shots for the majority of the opening round. A solid right hand from Kaulzny at the end of the round looked to rock Poulsen however. Kaluzny looked to have settled into the fight as the second round began as he stalked Poulsen around this ring as he tried to box and move, having felt Kaluzny’s power. A right hand by Kaluzny caught Poulsen flush and knocked him out – the referee dispensing with the need for a count.
Bout 11: Welterweight Contest (Sponsored by Perth Scaffolding)
John “Chunky” Dixon(Perth) WON POINTS v Kuram “Bone Crusher” Basir (Glasgow Fitness Gym)
Perth’s Dixon delighted the home crowd with an excellent points win over Glasgow’s Basir – who was returning to the ring after a long spell of inactivity. Dixon showed excellent maturity and boxing ability to claim the points victory. John now looks a candidate for pushing towards a BBU title – which would bring two belts to the Dixon family (brother Marc is the BBU British champion at Featherweight and was due to appear on the bill but his opponent was forced to withdraw due to injury).
Bout 12: Super-Middleweight Contest (Sponsored by LRG Boxing)
“Magic” Marc Kerr(SK Boxing Promotions) DREW (TECHNICAL DRAW DUE TO A CUT TO MAYLOR, DEEMED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A HEAD CLASH) v Mark “Ned” Maylor (Liverpool)
The headline clash between the two best semi-professional boxers in the UK at Super-Middleweight, Glasgow’s Kerr (21-1) and Liverpool’s Maylor(10-0) started at a blistering pace. Maylor started faster and scored well during the opening minute but Kerr started to find his range towards the end of the round. The second round was a little scrappier as both boxers looked to assert themselves. In the third round Maylor pulled out of a clinch to reveal a badly cut eye and the ringside doctor ruled that the contest required to be stopped. The referee ruled that the cut had been caused by a head clash, which resulted in the clash ending in a technical draw. This was a disappointment to both boxers as the contest was living up to all of the hype but these things happen in boxing and the health and safety of the boxers must come first. A rematch in the near future is a certainty!
SK Boxing Promotions would like to thank everyone who attended the event, all of the boxers, all of the event staff, all of the sponsors and the STV Web Team for covering the event. SK Boxing Promotions will be returning to Perth later in 2013 – and full details will be announced via our website and Facebook page.
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