By Tom Gray: Morrison Promotions staged a four fight show at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow on Friday in what served as an appetiser to tonight’s thunderous collision between Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell.
Undefeated prospect David Brophy (12st) white washed Ireland’s Tommy Tolan (12st 1lb) over four three minute rounds at super middleweight.
Brophy, who is trained by Billy Nelson, was very sharp against the more experienced Tolan, who proved to be an awkward customer. The Caldercruix man got his jab going in the first and scored a quick left hook off it to stem his opponent’s rushes.
The Scot exploded out of the blocks again in the second, bursting through the guard with wicked uppercuts and left hooks to the body. Tolan was forced to clinch under the assault and a clash of heads (ruled accidental) opened a cut over Brophy’s left eye.
In a four round bout it is vital to remain composed with an injury and Brophy did just that in the third. He let his hands go in threes and fours, landed some eye catching left hooks and one memorable right hand shot. Tolan’s attacks were crude by way of response and he was constantly beaten to the punch.
One got the impression that Brophy wanted to close the show in the final round but there wasn’t enough time. The 22 year old ended the fight as he started it, whipping in combinations and landing effectively with the right uppercut.
The official score was 40-36 and Brophy improves to 5-0-1.
Former British Masters welterweight champion, Gary McMillan (11st 6lbs), needed his running shoes to chase down Andrejs Loginovs (11st 5lbs) over six three minute rounds at middleweight.
McMillan landed a couple of body shots from the southpaw stance early in the first and his Latvian opponent immediately went to survival mode.
Sensing this was likely to become a frustrating experience the Edinburgh man made an attempt to end matters in the second when he landed a thumping left hook upstairs. Loginovs stumbled towards the ropes and was punished heavily to the body but McMillan could not find the finish.
The Scot drove Loginovs backwards with another quick assault in the third but his killer instinct had evaporated and it was exhibition time. This reporter was actually scoring 10-8 rounds without knockdowns because Loginovs was simply standing static with his gloves glued to his head.
Nothing changed in the second half of the fight although Loginovs was docked a point for holding which hardly came as a surprise.
Official score was 60-53 and McMillan would have been better served doing roadwork. He improves to 16-3 and needs the sort of test that his talents deserve.