By Tom Gray
Gary McCallum (11st 5lbs) won the vacant Scottish middleweight championship with a convincing ten round decision over Paul Allison (11st 5lbs) at the Ravenscraig Sports Centre on Saturday night. Referee Victor Loughlin scored the bout 98-93.
McCallum, from Castlemilk, took his time to get the jab going but when he did it proved to be an awesome weapon. Allison rolled under the stick in the opener but still caught way too many head shots and, from that point, the pattern was established.
The Stranraer man was marginally better in the second but the crisp left lead from McCallum was hard to ignore as it was landing with accuracy and sent sweat spraying. Allison did score well to the body, which appeared to make McCallum momentarily uncomfortable, but consistency was the issue.
The middle rounds became repetitive as Allison was reduced to a wing and a prayer. McCallum looked too fit to be worn down and repeatedly nailed his man with the left hand and crossed the right with regularity. Anytime Allison got to mid-range he was bashed by quick right hooks to the head and if he got close he was tied up and turned.
McCallum exploited his opponent’s frustrations in the later rounds and got more and more accurate. Allison put the foot down in the final stanza but it was too little too late and the victor was never in doubt.
McCallum remains undefeated in nine and Allison drops to 5-2-1.
The show was co-promoted by Chris Gilmour Boxing and Paul Graham’s Prospect Boxing.
Iain Butcher (8st 3lbs) from Motherwell looked excellent in dispatching Galin Paunov (8st 4bs) inside the very first round of a six round flyweight contest. Butcher showed terrific balance and timing as he sprayed his Bulgarian target with a variety of power shots and took little in return. A compact two punch combination to the head registered the first knockdown and Butcher floored his man twice more with withering assaults to the body. Referee Kenny Pringle stopped the action at 1:57. Butcher is one to watch and improves to 7-0 (2KO’s).
Mitch Prince (10st 1lb) didn’t waste any time in dispatching Radoslav Mitev (10st 4lbs) at lightweight. The Scot landed a brisk combination at ring centre which culminated in a solid right hand to the head that decked Mitev. The Bulgarian was badly disorientated and had no interest in beating the count as referee Ged O’Neil counted him out at 1.19 of the opening round.