Jon Bruce sees Pakistan native Farooq make history by claiming the British bantamweight crown
IN the vacant British bantamweight title fight at St. Andrew’s Sporting Club (Saltire Boxing Promotions), Glasgow’s
Ukashir Farooq wasted no time in adding the Lonsdale Belt to his Scottish Area strap. The local man, nicknamed “Untouchable”, blasted Dundee’s Jamie
Wilson to defeat in only 73 seconds. A lazy jab from Wilson allowed Farooq to land a perfect overhand right which had Jamie down early – something he would never really recover from. Stalking his foe around the ring, Farooq scored another two knockdowns before referee John Latham stopped the contest, with a dazed Wilson in no condition to continue. Farooq embraced his corner of Craig Dickson and Colin Bellshaw in a touchingly emotional moment, as he became the first Pakistan-born fighter to ever win a British title. On the undercard, exciting Aberdonian
Dean Sutherland went in against durable Stourbridge veteran Kevin Mccauley at middleweight. A crushing uppercut in the opener looked to have broken Mccauley’s nose, who then protected himself well to go the distance. Sutherland was able to show off his excellent movement and beautiful combinations to full effect. Referee John Mcguire scored the bout a shutout 40-36 to Sutherland.
Light-heavyweight Boris Crighton, also from Aberdeen, made his pro debut in a scheduled six-rounder against Bulgarian Ivo Krastev. An impressive showing saw Crighton drop Krastev once in the first round and twice in the second, with referee Kenny Pringle having seen enough by 1-02 of round two.
THE VERDICT Farooq continues to go from strength to strength, with his last four fights all being stoppage wins.
FAST START: Farooq wastes no time in winning the British title