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13 NOVEMBER 2018


Morrison Promotions: Benny Lynch Tribute Night

Scottish Legend
Scottish Legend

By Tom Gray


Alex Morrison Professional Boxing put on a terrific show in the Gorbals area of Glasgow on Friday night in honor of the great former flyweight world champion, Benny Lynch, who was born in that very area almost 100 years ago.


Undefeated super bantamweight, Jonathan Slowey, turned in a sharp performance against Michael Ramabeletsa in the main event and improves to 5-0.  The official score was 59-56 but this reporter scored every session in favor of the Glasgow southpaw.


It was reconnaissance in round one as both men sought position but it was Slowey who landed the eye catching blows, including one memorable straight left hand.  It was more of the same in the second as Slowey released whipping combinations, frequently ending on a well timed right hook.


The impressive thing about Slowey was his patience.  He wasn’t wasting anything and when he did throw punches, they were meaningful, as evidenced by another strong left hand which nailed the South African in the third.  Ramabeletsa was never discouraged and continued to press but he was more than a step behind against the 21 year olds timing and intelligence.


Slowey was effective with the southpaw jab in the final two stanzas and when Ramabeletsa did close the distance he was met with stiff counter punching.  Slowey is definitely one to watch and his performance was entertaining from start to finish.


The show was attended by some of Scotland’s finest from past and present including Ricky Burns, Ken Buchanan and Paul Weir.




Michael Roberts, of Glasgow, scored a clear decision victory over Norfolk’s Dan Naylor, taking all six rounds on the referee’s scorecard.


Roberts cut off the ring effectively on his southpaw opponent and let go with well timed combinations to head and body over the first two rounds.  The 24 year old, who is trained by Billy Nelson, was disciplined and poised in the face of an awkward left hander and solved the puzzle with relative ease.


The sharper work continued in the fourth as the left lead was followed by a nice uppercut and a straight right hand.  Naylor didn’t have many answers and was consistently beaten to the punch by his opponent who displayed quick hands and ring generalship at ring centre.


Naylor attempted to close the fight with a big flurry in the final round but it was too little too late.




Alexander White made tough work of one Giuseppe Daprato but closed well to win 58-56 on the official scorecard of a light welterweight contest.


Daprato pushed the Uddingston man hard during the course of a six rounder, taking two of the first three stanzas.  He produced more work, scoring well in spots, and White appeared ruffled on more than once occasion.


White responded brilliantly in the fourth, nailing Daprato with a vicious right hand and some nice counter punching.  The 24 year old improved dramatically as the fight wore on and began to nail Daprato with heavy artillery towards the end.



David Brophy defeated Ryan Clark in a super middleweight fight over four three minute sessions.


Clark was game and looked a lot bigger than the Caldercruix man but he was out boxed at centre ring and punished to the body when he retreated to the ropes.  Clark attempted to launch wild hooks but the blows were mostly picked off on the gloves.


Brophy, another pupil of Billy Nelson, was always in control and looked very good against a spirited and larger opponent.




Jordan McCorry is unlikely to forget the name Ben Wager in his lifetime after a savage pro debut.


Both fighters planted their feet in round one and unloaded with punishing assaults which saw McCorry cut near the left eye.  The wound was lateral and did not impede his vision but he paid the price for being over anxious.


The fight was back and forth and although McCorry was tested throughout, he won clearly by an official score of 58-56.




Sammy Hill made his pro debut at welterweight against the experienced Johnny Greaves and took a six round decision 60-55


The experienced Greaves, always fun to watch, made the young man work but you don’t score points for Ali shuffles and sticking your tongue out.  Hill, from Symington, won the fight clearly with some solid attacks in a nice learning curve.

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