Nick Campbell became the first holder of the Scottish heavyweight title in more than 70 years as he stopped Jay McFarlane in the seventh round of a messy fight on the Taylor-Caterall undercard in Glasgow.
Campbell, 32, was basic but that was enough to win this as McFarlane lacked fitness, seemed to wing in punches mostly in hope and often completely ignored any defence.
McFarlane is 23, although his facial tattoos made him look older and he had much more experience. He’d also put on a lot of weight during his career, having once weight 200 pounds, he was 276 pounds here.
He paid for the extra weight as midway through the second round, McFarlane looked exhausted and when they seemed to clash heads, McFarlane turned away in pain.
But Campbell struggled to land cleanly and, after landing a looping right, McFarlane put a big effort in the fourth and Campbell was forced to hold on.
At the end of the fifth, Campbell landed well with a right and followed up and, at the start of the sixth, McFarlane looked in trouble again as Campbell landed repeatedly.
In response, McFarlane landed two wild rights and then landed a body shot that seemed to hurt Campbell.
Early in the seventh, McFarlane was finally over from a right, although he was up quickly and survived a follow up attack. But Campbell kept whacking away, McFarlane taking a huge number of clean punches but refusing to go down.
Eventually referee Kenny Pringle had seen enough and stopped it at 2:18.
Former Irish amateur star Paddy Donovan did little more than blow off some ring rust as he stopped Miroslav Serban, of the Czech Republic in the last of a welterweight six-rounder after Serban suffered damage to his left ear.
Donovan was comfortable as he picked off Serban with his jab and picked holes in The Czech’s defence with minimal risk. The stoppage did not seem likely until Serban started bleeding from the left ear. Referee Kevin McIntyre took Serban to his corner and waved it off at 0:56 of the round to extend his record to 8-0.
John Docherty was too big, strong and accurate for Jordan Grant, whom he knocked out in the second round of a super-middleweight eight-rounder.
Southpaw Docherty, 24, a former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, used his size advantage well, keeping Grant on the backfoot and landing a good left uppercut in the first round.
But he started opening up in the second and sent Grant to the canvas with a left to the body, landing a left to the head as Grant went down. He was counted out by referee Darren Maxwell at 2:49 of the second round.
Super-bantamweight Ebonie Jones was held to a draw over six-twos by Effy Kathopouli, who at 40 was not far off double her age. Jones, 23, was shorter but beat Kathopouli to the punch and landed well, especially with the left hook in the opening two rounds.
Kathopouli kept up the workrate and started forcing Jones backwards in the third. But Jones got stuck in, although her habit of lunging in left her a bit open.
The longer it went, though, the tighter it got as Kathopouli put everything into the final round to earn herself a share of referee Kevin McIntyre’s 57-57 card.
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.