ONE TO WATCH
Jon Bruce sees classy Collins steal the show against tough Mexican
THE St Andrew’s Sporting Club hosted its 309th night of boxing, featuring three good fights at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Hamilton’s Nathaniel Collins is nicknamed the “The Nightmare”, and that was what he proved to be against tough Mexican Arturo Lopez in a superfeatherweight six-rounder.
In only his second pro outing, it was a sizeable step up, as Lopez had been in with David Oliver Joyce and recently went the distance with Stephen Tiffney – both far more experienced operators than Collins. The young southpaw displayed flashy hand speed, as well as great footwork, to out-skill, outpunch and out-power Lopez throughout the contest. By the fifth, a weary-looking Lopez was bleeding from the nose. At 2-33 in the final frame, referee Darren Maxwell had seen enough and rightly stopped proceedings.
Craig Morgan took part in a superfeatherweight clash against the more seasoned Sergio Gonzalez. Morgan used his reach advantage to dominate from the opening bell, landing punches to head and body, and barely taking a punch in return from the Nicaraguan. Referee Maxwell had an easy job scoring this bout 40-36 in favour of the Kelty teenager.
Glaswegian Craig Macintyre faced Czech Hamo Aperjan at superlightweight. Macintyre frequently connected with his sharp jab, although he took a few too many right hands, one of which caused a cut over his left eye in the sixth and final round. Referee Paul O’connor awarded Macintyre a deserved 59-55 victory.
THE VERDICT It is still early days, but Collins looks like he has the skills to go far in the sport.
‘NIGHTMARE’: Collins [left] poses too many problems for Lopez