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Jon Bruce sees Pak­istan na­tive Fa­rooq make history by claim­ing the Bri­tish ban­tamweight crown

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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.

Photo: AL­LAN PICKEN

FAST START: Fa­rooq wastes no time in winning the Bri­tish ti­tle

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