On Friday night, Sam Kynoch for MGM Promotions opened a new chapter in Scottish boxing as they brought Glasweigan fight fans an excellent evening of boxing from the Bellahouston Sports Centre in Glasgow.
The show which was impeccably produced opened with Edinburgh’s former Scottish Light Heavyweight champion Bryan Forsyth making his debut at Super Middleweight against tough Plymouth man Christian Hoskin Gomez. The fight was fought at a good pace with both fighters coming to fight in what most saw as a well matched even contest. Brian who was keen to impress on his pro debut got involved in some heavy exchanges with Hoskin Gomez in a fight that the referee scored 39-38 to Forysth.
John Thain made his comeback after a few months out the ring after a controversial defeats to Ronnie Heffron and Kris Carslaw in impressive style with a six round win over the tough and tested Chris Jenkinson. Thain looked classy from the first minute using his excellent jab. Thain showed that he is still an improving fighter as he let loose some excellent combinations on Jenkinson who was as game as they come and took some big shots. After winning 59-55, Thain will be looking ahead to bigger and better things under the MGM banner this year.
Sam Kynoch trained Coatbridge Welterweight Gary Murray continued his education in the pro ranks against the awkward and tricky Willy Warburton. Murray outworked Warburton over 4 rounds winning every round as he looks to continue his development in the pro ranks under Kynoch and MGM Scotland.
Highly rated Light Middleweight Marc Kerr made his professional debut against the tough Lithuanian Arvydas Trizno and it seemed to be heading for an early night as Kerr put Trizno down two times in the opening two rounds. Kerr who is also trained by Sam Kynoch and former European Champion Gary Jacobs showed his strength and a vast variety of punches against the game Lithuanian who landed a couple of big shots of his own. The referee scored the contest 40-34 to Kerr who seemed a little disappointed to not get his opponent out of there in what was a good learning fight on his pro debut. The Marc Kerr story will be one to follow.
The main event saw the return of highly rated Airdrie man David Brophy take on a very game Darren McKenna who has been in with the likes of Frank Bulgioni and Rocky Fielding. Brophy who had not boxed since October of last year was looking to shake off some ring rust and this could not have been a better fight for him to do so. McKenna came for the win but despite landing some good shots was outworked and outclassed over the 8 round distance. Brophy who was cut by a clash of heads came through the contest well winning 79-73 in front of a home crowd. Brophy will now look to kick on now under the MGM Promotional banner and will aiming to challenge for major titles in the coming year.
The evening as a whole was an excellent advert for Scottish boxing under a promotional and management team that will producing top fighters in the coming years. The MGM have opened a new exciting chapter in Scottish boxing that can only lead to bigger and better things. The next show will be at the Meadowbank Stadium in September.