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21 MAY 2018


Prospect Boxing: Steel Prevails

By Tom Gray: William “Stainless” Steel scored a shut-out over Danny Dontchev at the Ravenscraig Sports Centre in Motherwell on Friday night over eight two minute rounds.  The event was promoted by Paul Graham’s Prospect Boxing.


The Wishaw based welterweight used his jab perfectly in a disciplined performance, keeping Dontchev at bay and rendering him completely ineffective.


Every session of the contest followed the same pattern as Steel peppered his Bulgarian opponent with the left lead, doubling and tripling on it in an attempt to set up power shots.  Dontchev, to his credit, was wise to the plan and did a good job of evading real damage.


If there was a down side to Steel’s output it was his neglect of a solid body assault.  He was made to miss frequently with the right hand and going downstairs could have set up better opportunities.


Having said that the athletic Scot is still on a learning curve and regardless of any oversights in the game plan he was rarely touched, while his opponent will require treatment on a badly cut right eye.


Steel improves to 3-0.



Kenny Davidson, also fighting out of Wishaw, edged Sabie Montieth on points in a very entertaining four round middleweight scrap.  The London based Montieth decked Davidson in the opening round after closing the gap quickly to land a superb left hook.


The Wishaw man rebounded by taking the next two sessions on work rate and aggression to level the contest going into the final round.


Montieth was hitting on the break throughout the fight and was deducted a point in the final round which, as it turned out, cost him a draw. 


The Scot prevailed 38-37 and is now 3-1-1.



Paul Allison, of Stranraer, outpointed Louis Byrne over six two minute rounds in a light middleweight bout.  Both men were landing effectively in the opening round with Allison the more consistent throughout the session.


That pattern continued in the second as Allison proved the hungrier, more active and powerful fighter while unleashing a wicked body attack.  The third round was even better as the work downstairs set up combinations to the head that seemed to trouble the Londoner.


Byrne was brave but completely out manned over the next two sessions as his body was pounded with vicious hooks down both flanks.  This reporter managed to give Byrne the final round, as he was a little more accurate, but it was too little too late.  The referee scored the fight 59-55.


Allison has some real potential and with a little refining his style will be very suited to the pro ranks.  His record is now 5-0.



John Downie defeated a very brave Mark Bett over six twos in lightweight action.  Bett got off to a fast start in the first round but he was matched with interest by the Bellshill boxer who landed the cleaner blows.


Downie was momentarily stunned by a combination in the second but Bett was paid back in full once again by a younger fresher opponent who opened a cut over the Larkhall man’s eye.


Both men were clashing heads violently and Bett was coming off worse which he made clear to the referee.  In terms of the fist action it was Downie leading the way as his shots had far more snap and Bett was repeatedly on the short end.


Bett came to life in the fourth and landed the better punches while frustrating Downie with a spirited comeback.  He also competed well in the fifth but was a step behind on the end of some nice counter punching.


The final round started explosively as Bett, sensing urgency, came out blazing and landed two huge right uppercuts.  Downie showed a tremendous chin because either shot could have deposited him flat on his back. 


The bout ended quietly and Downie took the decision 58-56, earning his fourth straight win.



John McCallum bullied Doncaster’s James Tucker throughout the duration of a six round super middleweight contest to score a 60-54 shut-out.


Tucker got slightly more competitive as the rounds passed by but he was no match for the Edinburgh puncher who ripped in big hooks to head and body, keeping his man more than honest.


McCallum looks to be a very good prospect and is now 2-0



Before the boxing commenced Ricky Burns was honoured with the inaugural "North Lanarkshire’s European Sports Personality of the Year".


The award is part of North Lanarkshire’s current status as "European Capital of Sport" for 2011.  It was presented by Lord Provost Tom Curly in recognition of Ricky’s sensational title win over Roman Martinez and two subsequent defences.


Burns will defend his WBO Super Featherweight Title on July 16th.


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