Barry “The Bizness” Morrison (10st 5) made a welcome return to action after a sixteen month lay-off to outpoint Malta’s Daniel Micallef (11st 1) in a four round welterweight contest. The official score was 40-36.
Morrison, from Motherwell, scored from the outside and picked his spots well in the first. He relied on his jab and chose the correct times to unload whipping hooks to the body which kept Micaleff more than honest.
The former British light welterweight champion displayed nice hand speed in round two and sat down on his punches. Micaleff appeared startled and could not deal with his opponent’s strength and versatility, as body shots continued to land with alarming frequency.
Micaleff’s nose was burst in the third and there was damage around his left eye in what was becoming a bullying one sided beat down. Morrison teed off at will, inflicting significant punishment and his experience was clearly levels above that of his Bellshill based opponent.
Morrison tore into the target again in the final stanza, unloading with sharp shots, up and down. Micaleff was trying to beat the clock and refused to engage for long periods, as Morrison ended the fight well.
Morrison was marking time with a tune up and will now take part in Sky Sport’s Prize Fighter tournament, on February 11th.
Andrejs Podusovs (9st 4) won his professional debut with a solid and hard hitting performance against Paul McElhinney (9st 8) over six two minute rounds at super featherweight. The official score was 58-57.
Podusovs unloaded with power punches to head and body in the first and the reddened the Scot around the ribs in the opening session. The Latvian looked in excellent condition and was very powerful for a super featherweight.
McElhinney, from Newlands, got his jab going in the second but he was being made to work very hard to keep his opponent off. McElhinney’s punches had little effect on his opponent and Podusovs was doing a good job of roughing up the Scot on the inside.
Sensing urgency McElhinney came out bombing in the third and connected impressively with combinations to head and body. Podusovs wasn’t getting the time to load up and he was made to pay time and again as his opponent fought back furiously.
The drive continued in round four as McElhinney stayed busy but this time Podusovs timed him and landed a devastating overhand right. He followed that up with a cluster of sharp hooks to head and body and the Scot was under heavy pressure as the round ended.
The fight was down to preference and you paid your money and made your choice. You had McElhinney’s work rate against sporadic power punching from the Latvian and the fifth was relatively even with all to play for going into the final session.
The sixth saw a huge effort from Podusovs who landed thunderous power shots throughout the session. McElhinney did well to remain on his feet in the face of some savage punishment and the referee scored the contest accurately.
The show was part of a Burns Night Celebration which was promoted by Tommy Gilmour’s St. Andrew’s Sporting Club. The special guests at the event were Adam Smith, Jim Watt, Johnny Nelson and Glenn McCrory.