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Jon Bruce sees classy Collins steal the show against tough Mex­i­can

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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.

Photo: AL­LAN PICKEN

‘NIGHT­MARE’: Collins [left] poses too many prob­lems for Lopez

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