The Rumble In Renfrew 4 at the Normandy Hotel on Friday 13th September lived up to all of the pre-event hype with an evening of first class amateur and semi-professional boxing. The results and a brief summary of each bout is set out below.
Many thanks to all who attended the event and created an electric atmosphere which all competitors savoured.
FEMALE EXHIBITION BOUT
Bout Sponsor = Trench Boxing Club, Dunfermline
RED – “Vicious” Vikki Fairweather (Trench Boxing Club, Dunfermline)
BLUE – Shannon “The Dark Horse” Lawson (SK Boxing Promotions)
Vikki and Shannon have sparred several rounds together and the experience of getting into the ring in front of a large crowd will serve both well as they prepare for their upcoming contests (in November and October, respectively).
YOUTH EXHIBITION BOUT
RED – David “Rooster” Townsley (Holyrood Boxing Club, Edinburgh)
BLUE – Ryan “Rocky” Irwin (SK Boxing Promotions)
Stars of the future David and Ryan served up an excellent display of boxing which warmed the capacity crowd up for the competitive bouts which would follow.
SENIORS LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CONTEST
RED – “Stormin’” Norman Marshall (Jab Fight Club, Southport)
BLUE – Kev “Clubber” Dolan (SK Boxing Promotions) Winner – Points
In a very evenly matched contest in the Seniors category it was Dolan, from Livingston, who edged each of the 3 rounds and ran out the winner on points.
AMATEUR BANTAMWEIGHT CONTEST
RED – “Bad” Billy Beckett (Wildcard Boxing Club, Kilmarnock)
BLUE – Rhys “The Grenade” Gavin (SK Boxing Promotions) Winner – Points
As the first representative of the Wildcard Boxing Club to compete on an SK Boxing Promotions event Billy Beckett put on an excellent display which suggests that the club will have much to offer in the future. Both boxers set a tremendous pace and Gavin was declared the winner after 3 excellent rounds.
BBU SCOTTISH LIGHT-MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTEST [4 rounds]
RED – Rory “The Lion” Wallace (Spartan Boxing Club, Grangemouth)
BLUE – Gary “The Mint” Murray (SK Boxing Promotions) Winner – Points
With the vacant Scottish Light-Middleweight title up for grabs both boxers were keen to stamp their authority on this bout from the outset. Murray started the sharper of the two and scored well with his jab and left hooks to the body throughout. Wallace had his moments but Murray’s high work rate and sharp boxing earned him his first title.
AMATEUR LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT CONTEST
RED – “Smokin’”Joe Mclintock (Glasgow Fitness Gym) Winner – Points
BLUE – Stuart “Lugsy” Dempsey (Holyrood Boxing Club, Edinburgh)
Both boxers were making their debut in this Light-Heavyweight contest. Mclintock, the first boxer to be trained by former amateur star Paul Fellows, stuck to the instructions from his corner and made a winning start to his ring campaign.
Bout sponsor = T. Higgins Plasterers and Roughcasters
RED – Ross “The Boss” Nelson (Spartan Boxing Club, Grangemouth)
BLUE – Mark “Too Strong” Armstrong (SK Boxing Promotions) Winner – Points
This Lightweight contest provided excellent action throughout, with Armstrong the aggressor in the opening two rounds and Nelson coming on strong in the final round as Armstrong tired. Armstrong held on to take a close points decision. This was Nelson’s first bout after a long spell of inactivity and he will be one to watch as he becomes more active – as will be the case under the tutelage of Sam McLeod of the newly formed Spartan Boxing Club, a team which is set to become a regular feature on SK Boxing Promotions events.
AMATEUR LIGHTWEIGHT CONTEST
RED – Abdul “Real Deal” Muktah (Holyrood Boxing Club, Edinburgh)
BLUE – Craig “The Problem” McCreaddie (SK Boxing Promotions) Winner – Points
This Lightweight contest proved an intriguing encounter with Muktah looking to draw McCreaddie on to counter shots and McCreaddie taking the centre of the ring. After 3 rounds McCreaddie took the points decision.
RED – Adam “Road Warrior” Vernon (Smith’s School of Boxing, Wigan)
BLUE – “Dangerous” David Kelly (SK Boxing Promotions) Winner – TKO Round 2
Drumchapel’s Kelly had to contend with a late change of opponent as he had been scheduled to meet a fellow unbeaten prospect but ended up facing another boxer from the same camp. Kelly employed excellent lateral movement and was more patient than usual as he opened his opponent up before breaking him down with body shots in the second round.
RED – Dean “The Machine” McCutcheon (Holyrood Boxing Club, Edinburgh)
BLUE – John “Chunky” Dixon (SK Boxing Promotions) Winner – Points
Perth’s Dixon was making his return to action following a lay-off since March. Dixon’s work was not as clean as it usually is but he started to get into his rhythm as the contest wore on and was declared the winner on points.
RED – Paul “Powerhouse” Clark (Trench Boxing Club, Dunfermline)
BLUE – Paul “The Machine” McCulloch (Glasgow Fitness Gym) Winner – TKO Round 3
In this Super-Middleweight match-up it was the conditioning of McCulloch which proved to be the determining factor as he was able to outwork Clark and forced the stoppage in the final round. This was Clark’s first bout after a period of inactivity and he will be looking to build on this performance.
BBU BRITISH SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTEST [5 Rounds]
Bout sponsor = LRG (Left. Right. Goodnight.) Boxing
RED – John “Crusher” Collier (Wigan)
BLUE – “Magic” Marc Kerr (SK Boxing Promotions) Winner – Points
In the fight of the night Glasgow’s Kerr was taken the distance by a very tough opponent in the form of Wigan’s John Collier. Marc scored well throughout, both at range and on the inside, but Collier proved a very worthy challenger – covering up and looking dangerous with his own left hooks to both head and body. In the fifth and final round Kerr’s pressure told on Collier as he was forced to take an 8 count, but he managed to weather the storm and hear the final bell – as he deserved to. This was Kerr’s first five round contest and he again proved that he is the best Super-Middleweight on the circuit. This was Collier’s first trip to Scotland and he will be back in the near future and will pose a formidable challenge to anyone in the division.
RED – Kyle “The Warrior” Walker (Jab Fight Club, Southport)
BLUE – Ally “The Animal” Allison (Glasgow Fitness Gym) Winner – TKO Round 2
Glasgow’s Allison, an MMA and Thai competitor, made an impressive boxing debut in stopping Southport’s tough and durable Walker. Allison looks to have the ability to make waves in the division in the near future.
BBU BRITISH HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT [4 rounds]
RED – “Marvellous” Mark Greener (Newcastle)
BLUE – John “Cruel Intentions” Stevens (SK Boxing Promotions) Winner – Points
After several opponents pulling out and dozens more turning down a shot at the BBU British title, John Stevens faced Newcastle tough guy Mark Greener for a third time. Stevens started this encounter well and dominated the first round but the tide turned in the second as Greener landed with some telling right hands. The action became scrappier in the third and fourth but it was Stevens who was enjoying more success, and despite catching Greener with some flush shots, was unable to dampen the challenger’s ambition. Stevens took the decision on points and moves to 22-0.
BBU SCOTTISH SUPER-MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTEST [4 rounds]
RED – Paul “The Punisher” Bainbridge (Glasgow Fitness Gym) Winner – TKO Round 3 (Porter retired due to a neck injury)
BLUE – Gary “The Scotstoun Scrapper” Porter (SK Boxing Promotions)
The main event of the evening had all the makings of a classic and started off very well. In the opener Bainbridge was clearly looking to impose his strength on Porter but Porter used his experience to out-manoeuvre the champion and edge the round. In the second Bainbridge started to find his range and took the round – with Porter a less elusive target. In the third round a pre-existing neck injury flared up and forced Porter to retire, just as the contests was perfectly poised. The outcome results in Bainbridge retaining his title and he proved in the short time that the contest lasted that he can compete with experienced operators such as Porter. Once Porter’s neck injury clears up a return contest is a must.
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