By Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
On Friday night, MGM Scotland held their maiden show at the Bellahouston Sports Centre. The event gave the Scottish boxing fans a great night of boxing.
The main event saw the unbeaten David Brophy take on the tough Darren McKenna over eight rounds.
Brophy who had not fought since October last year made a fast start to the contest, by establishing a stiff jab. The 24-year old Scot landed some good right hands in the early rounds. However, it was in the fourth that McKenna had success; pinning Brophy against the ropes. The Scotsman weathered the storm and finished the round landing some fast combinations.
McKenna is a tough fighter, but his boxing skills are raw and although at times Brophy didn’t have it his own way, he saw out the contest with a 79-73 margin.
Making his comeback after two back-to-back defeats. Edinburgh’s John Thain put on a skillful performance against the always game Chris Jenkinson.
Thain came out in the first round and quickly established his piston like jab, pushing Jenkinson back and unloading some lovely right hands to the body and head.
The Edinburgh fighter claimed the centre of the ring and was on the front foot throughout the six round fight. Thain also showed a tight guard along with fast feet, which kept Jenkinson out of reach every-time the tough Englishman mounted an attack.
Thain took the fight 59-55 and now the likeable Scot is back in the win column, Edinburgh fight fans can look forward to Thain fighting back in his home city of Edinburgh in September.
The first show under the MGM Scotland banner was a huge success with some competitive fights. The night also saw two more of Scotland’s young talent sign professional contracts with the promotional company. Scottish Heavyweight champion Tommy Philbin and Scottish Lightweight Champion Stephen Tiffney who will make their professional debut along with stablemate Lewis Benson at the next show in Edinburgh, on September 5.by