By Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
At MGM Scotland’s maiden show in Edinburgh, three of Scotland’s exciting young prospects made their professional debuts and it was a win, win, win for the three debutants.
Opening the show was Edinburgh’s own super middleweight Tommy Philbin. Who was up against the always tough and rugged Mitch Mitchell.
Philbin started the fight well. Establishing his jab early on, pushing Mitchell back and landing some hurtful right hands to the head and body.
It was in the second half of the fight that the 24-year old Scot started to hurt Mitchell with some sickening body shots. Mitchell did manage to push Philbin back to the ropes in the third, but the Scot used some nice footwork to turn the Englishman and land the cleaner and hurtful shots.
Philbin controlled the fight from start to finish to pick up a unanimous points victory.
Throughout his amateur career Philbin was rarely in a dull fight. So, expect some entertaining contests from the like able Scotsman.
“I felt brilliant in there.” Philbin told FirstClassBoxing. “Four round points win, I felt I hurt him in every round. It was just a brilliant experience and I’m over the moon.
“I would of liked to of got the stoppage, but it’s good to get the four rounds under my belt.”
Next up was Philbin’s gym mate Stephen Tiffney. Who put on the performance of the night. Stopping Lithuania’s Aivaras Balsys in the first round.
From the opening bell Tiffney put it on his opponent. Landing fast combinations at will with nothing coming back from Balsys.
Then with just over one minute to go, the 26-year old pinned his Lithuanian opponent in the neutral corner and dropped him with some spiteful right hooks to the body followed by a left uppercut. Forcing the referee to wave the fight off.
Tiffney stole the show and showed why he has a bright future in the paid ranks.
“I felt good in there, the atmosphere was brilliant.” Tiffney said. “I went in there to hurt him in the first round. So I’m really happy with the stoppage.”
Finally it was the turn of the always entertaining Lewis Benson. Who was up against a tough veteran in Kris Laight.
Benson started the contest fast, doubling up his long jab before unloading a right hook to the body.
It was clear the young Scot was enjoying himself in there, as he started to land some lovely straight right hands, but it was the right hook to the body which was hurting Laight as the fight went on.
However, the Englishman once again showed why he has only been stopped just the five times in 214 contests, seeing out the fight and handing Benson a unanamious points victory. Much to the delight of Benson’s 200+ support.
Benson is entertaining inside and outside the ring and is definitely one to watch out for.
“I felt amazing, the crowd were electric.” Benson said. “I played to the crowd a wee bit at the beginning to get them all buzzing, but I went in there and got the job done.
“I was a tough four rounds, but I never went up the gears. There’s plenty more to come. I hit him with big shots to the head and body, but he wasn’t budging… I just done my job.”by