MGM Scotland hits Glasgow
Many familiar faces from within the Scottish boxing community joined 1,200 enthusiastic fans in Glasgow on Friday night to be a part of the first MGM Scotland boxing show at the Bellahouston Leisure Centre. Middleweight contender Matthew Macklin was also ringside in support of the sister gym to his Marbella base of operations.
There were five fights on the card rather than seven, due to late withdraws for heavyweight Ross Henderson, doctor’s orders, and Gordon Brennan, who was injured in training.
The headliner, super-middleweight David Brophy, took a few rounds to find his rhythm, but won a comfortable eight-round decision. After the fight, his trainer Billy Nelson told me, “Wait for the next fight. You’ll see a big difference,” as they will look to challenge for the Commonwealth title soon.
The star performer on the night was Edinburgh light-middleweight John Thain. His stamina and conditioning was the main difference; moving forward behind a strong jab, he set an unmanageable pace for Chris Jenkinson on his way to a six-round decision victory.
Despite big attendances at large venues, Matchroom Boxing decided to leave Glasgow and Scotland behind once former world champion Ricky Burns hit a bump in the road. Now MGM Scotland hopes to fill that void.
With four more shows scheduled for 2015, MGM Scotland have plans for eight or nine shows in 2016, hoping that a regular stream of events will grow their following.
They also feel that, on top of developing their Scottish talent, having access to MGM’s Marbella roster of fighters gives the promotional partnership an advantage as they look to make inroads into the Scottish and Irish markets.