Reece grabs ‘easy’ win on pro debut But‘baby Butch’misses out on title victory
Lanarkshire boxers had mixed fortunes during a major MTK Global Fight Night in Glasgow on Friday.
Fans at the Emirates Arena were treated to some enthralling action as some of Scotland’s top boxers got in some action.
Motherwell’s Reece Mcfadden justified high anticipation of his professional debut as he comfortably out-pointed Nicaraguan Elvis Guillen in his professional super bantamweight debut.
The win is all the more impressive, as Guillen (34) is quite a bit more experienced than 23-yearold Mcfadden, although he doesn’t have a good win rate.
There was disappointment for Motherwell’s Ian Butcher in the headline act, however, as the bantamweight was outpointed by British champion Kash Farooq.
It was a good night for Scottish boxers, however, with former Springhill ABC fighter Kieran Smith lifting the WBC International silver title at super-welterweight, after exchanging knockdowns with Evaldas Korsakas over 10 rounds.
Mcfadden said: “I expected a good reception because I have a good fan-base.
“I was expecting a big crowd; Motherwell boys are always spurring me on and it’s great. I loved it.
“It was amazing, he (Guillen) was a tough cookie. I enjoyed it, I loved every minute of it.
“I believe I can go to the top of the sport. I need to set my mind to do it, I need to make sacrifices, dedicate myself hard.”
Butcher (26) was disappointed not to take the bantamweight title, but says there is a lot he can learn from the experience.
He said: “I always enjoy it at the Emirates Arena, but I’m a bit gutted that my game plan didn’t come off.
“The key was I didn’t get going fast enough. I knew he (Farooq) would come in and start first, and that’s what he rhythm going.
“I knew some of those rounds were close, because I knew when he was taking a break. I jumped on him at certain times.
“I would like to thank everybody for coming out – I always get good support, and I can’t thank them enough.”
Smith took his first professional did. He kept his title and said: “This is hard-earned. I made it difficult for myself, I was trying to keep it on my jab.
“Then I started getting involved and it was my own stupidity. I got caught and it was a flash knockdown. I was angry with myself.
“I went the full 10 rounds after it and I think everything had gone too perfectly.”
Winner Reece Mcfadden won his first professional fight, against Nicaragua’s Elvis Guillen