IN addition to the main event action at Kelvin Hall on Friday, there were seven other Scottish showcase bouts on the undercard.
The televised opener featured Edinburgh’s GARY MCMILLAN (15-3-1) facing Halesowen journeyman KEVIN MCCAULEY (10-38-3) in a six round welterweight contest. The fight was a cagey and scrappy affair from the start with not much action and a lot of clinching. However, McMillan was the aggressor of the two, leading McCauley in with the jab.
This continued in the second where McMillan was thrown to the ground by McCauley much to the annoyance of the crowd. McMillan then began to turn on the style and knocked down McCauley. The 25-year-old then began to pick apart McCauley with effective flurries and a sweet left hook.
The work rate of both fighters began to drop but McMillan was still in control and a succession of combinations late in the fourth round troubled McCauley who was saved by the bell.
McMillan managed to see out the fight comfortably landing flush with body shots and combinations to win 60-53 on points.
Unbeaten super featherweight starlet MICHAEL ROBERTS (8-0) faced a tough test in the form of late sub CRAIG JOHNSON (. 25-year-old Roberts from Glasgow went to work straight away landing well with a sharp jab and clean body shots.
However, Johnson began to settle into the fight and fired back with solid shots of his own. The 31-year-old Englishman then suffered a deep cut as a result of an accidental headbutt and found himself on the receiving end. Despite the cut, Johnson did well to recover but Roberts was still in complete control and referee Victor Loughlin scored the bout 39-37 in favour of Roberts.
2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist STEPHEN SIMMONS (5-0) continued his progress up the cruiserweight division with a comfortable win over Latvian JEVGENIJS ANDREJEVS (6-57). It was a slow and cagey fight that did not set the heather alight.
However it was nevertheless an easy night for Simmons who dominated Andrejevs with a strong jab and good body shots. It could well have been a mismatch and Simmons had all the power at his disposal to finish Andrejevs immediately but he played it safe and won 60-54 on the scorecards.
Scottish-Filipino sensation JOHN THAIN (7-0) also remained undefeated but he was forced to work hard against tricky journeyman TONY RANDELL (12-27-2). The 24-year-old from Edinburgh proved to be the slicker of the two, applying good pressure with effective combinations and lightning-quick movement.
Randell pushed Thain on the back foot on several occasions but Thain kept his guard tight, wobbing and weaving forcing Randell to swing and miss. Thain’s excellent fundamental skills proved vital as he used crisp hooks and solid body work to win the contest 59-55 on points.
Other results on the undercard:
Ryan Collins (2-0) def. Dan Naylor (1-11)
Hugh Gray (debut) def. Billy Smith (13-117-2)
Sammy Hill (4-0) def. Mark McKray (2-12-1)