Reece grabs ‘easy’ win on pro de­but But‘baby Butch’misses out on ti­tle vic­tory

Hamilton Advertiser - - SPORT - Andy Mcgilvray

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

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