By Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
Scotland’s John Thain outpointed Liverpool’s Nathan Brough, in what was an exciting and intriguing British welterweight title eliminator.
Thain, who was having his first real fight at 147lbs started the fight trying to establish his jab early on and did snap the 32-year old Scousers head back with the jab, but Brough managed to connect with a counter right hand of his own in the opening round.
Although Brough controlled the centre of he ring, the Liverpudlian was unable to match the speed and the footwork of the likeable Scotsman. It was Thain’s piston like jab which opened up a nasty cut below Brough’s left eye.
Brough did manage to close the distance in the middle rounds and landed two solid right hands, which drew a smile from the 28-year old Scot.
However, Thain got back to his Jab and managed to land a couple of big right hands of his own in rounds eight and nine.
Thain was just too fast and too accurate for Brough and all three judges thought the same. Giving the Scot a unanimous decision victory, with scores of 98-93, 96-94 and 99-91.
“It was a good experience for me and I enjoyed the fight.” Thain told FirstClassBoxing. “I just listened to my corner and did my best to carry out the instructions.”
“I think this is the division (welterweight) for me. Fighting at 154 and at middleweight was just a bit too much.
“That was a great fight for me to get on the ladder now I just need to keep climbing – keep my self in the gym and hopefully the opportunities will come… Just got to stay positive.”by