Fight’s Camera Action

By Sean Ness on March 28, 2016
Fight’s Camera Action
Five of Scotland's brightest young talents won some deserved exposure. (John Doogan)

Up until now, there has been little to no TV coverage in Scotland outside of the names such as Ricky Burns in recent times…

GLASGOW, Scotland—Alba Morrison Promotions’ night of professional boxing live from The Glasgow City Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, was once again a successful affair for everyone involved including all five of Scotland’s brightest young boxing talents. It was “fight’s camera action” as STV televised the evening’s events securing some much-needed exposure in the form of terrestrial television. Up until now, there has been little to no TV coverage in Scotland outside of the names such as Ricky Burns in recent times. We can only hope the TV coverage will continue and allow a nation of boxing fans to witness the progression of Scotland’s boxing stars of tomorrow.

In the opening bout of the evening, the first fighter entering the ring was Iranian pugilist now residing and training in Bristol, England, Omran Akbari (2-1). Fighting out of the red corner wearing purple shorts, Omran was looking to give his inactive professional career a shot in the arm by attempting to get a win in Glasgow over his opponent, Jamie McGuire (5-1)

McGuire arrived at the Grand Ballroom of The Glasgow City Hotel with an army of fans chanting the Glasgow native’s name. Wearing black shorts and fighting out of the blue corner, McGuire was looking to add a win to his record since losing to Lewis Paulin in his previous fight.

Akbari, despite his reach and height advantage, failed to utilize his attributes over the Glaswegian. The fight was anything but straightforward with McGuire lunging at his opponent and walking in straight lines leaving himself open to attack with little to no defense but Akbari couldn’t capitalize and ultimately paid the price. McGuire looked the more dangerous, aggressive fighter and at times bullied Akbari landing on the body before going upstairs. Jamie McGuire, despite some nervy moments during the bout, secured a points victory of 40-36. The Drumchapel faithful voiced their appreciation as the chants of “Jamie McGuire” echoed through the air.

Last night, Jamie McGuire fought for the second time in a week at Lock Stock Promotions fight night at Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Glasgow, Scotland. His opponent and former European Featherweight title contender Jonathan Slowey was a step up in opponent for McGuire with the odds stacked against him. Still, McGuire upset the odds and secured a point’s victory over four rounds taking his record to 7-1.

Hayfield’s Boxing Club fighter and Glasgow’s very own Stewart Burt (5-0-1) secured a points victory over four rounds against Latvian pugilist Zaurs Sadihovs (4-10) in a one-sided affair with the judges scoring the fight 40- 36. Burt fighting out the blue corner wearing white shorts with red trimming appeared confident and used his pawing jab before finding his target, picking off Sadihovs with some slick shots in the process. It was a mature performance from Stewart as he showcased his talents in front of the packed out venue. With each performance, the Glasgow fighter appears to be adding something new to his armour.

Joe Ham (6-0) has cemented his name as one of Britain’s hottest prospects in his weight division and continued his excellent start in the professional ranks by defeating Latvian, Dmitrijs Gutmans (3-12-1) in a strange ending in the first round. The Glasgow kid is growing a reputation as a knockout artist with his signature body shots. But this time around the referee called time on the fight as Dmitrijs Gutmans was unable to continue after complaining of a hand injury. An injury that mysteriously appeared only seconds after being on the receiving end of a vicious body shot from Joe Ham in the first round of the 6 round contest.

Edinburgh fighter Lewis Paulin (4-0) looked in sensational form as he continued to showcase his boxing talents in Glasgow. In a six round contest, Paulin wearing yellow shorts took the fight to his opponent; Simas Volosinas from the get go. Despite a gutsy performance from Simas, the Latvian was unable to cause any real problems. Under constant attack, it was a wonder the Latvian was able to continue with every round looking like it was his last. Paulin looks a real talent and time will tell if he really can mix it with the best.

The evening’s main event included Glasgow 2014’s Commonwealth Gold medallist, Charlie “The Mailman” Flynn. Fighting out the blue corner with tartan shorts, the Lanarkshire fighter was looking to add to an unblemished record of six wins with no defeats. His opponent, England’s Jordan Ellison (4-3) came to fight despite his record and put in a gutsy performance against the much favored Flynn. Still, Charlie Flynn upped his game when required and continued to make good use of his jab before connecting with one-two combinations throughout each of the rounds. His ability to get in and out combined with a great work ethic ensured victory for The Mailman.

Joe Ham, Charlie Flynn, Lewis Paulin and Stewart Burt will appear on the Ricky Burn’s world title fight against Michele Di Rocco for the vacant WBA World super lightweight title on 21st May at the SSE Hydro Glasgow, Scotland.

(The photographer John Doogan can be contacted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/johndooganphotos/?fref=ts.)

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