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Last night like their name suggests alongside Spike TV and Channel Five, Cyclone Promotions hit Meadowbank Stadium with the explosive and impressive Commonwealth super lightweight contest between highly fancied Josh Taylor and Dave Ryan. It ended with Josh Taylor keeping the belt in Scotland and showing Dave Ryan as a game but ultimately unsuccessful opponent. As it was, McGuigan’s boy had welcomed Ryan into his house, taken down his pants and spanked him in front of his larger than mouth trainer Clifton Mitchell. It was a decent response to the taunt he and his promoter, Barry McGuigan had suffered at the final press conference from Mitchell. McGuigan had warned us that Taylor was the business and on this showing – only his 7th professional fight – that McGuigan fella certainly knows a thing or two! Taylor got the belt by stopping Ryan in the 5th round and is now a Commonwealth champion and Gold Medallist.
The undercard included the Celtic super lightweight contest between Jason Easton and Rhys Saunders. Easton showed why he is a very fancied fighter and with the lights on and the cameras clicking stopped Saunders in the second round with a series of devastating body blows. I have seen Easton a couple of times and was sure he had a stoppage in him and when it mattered he made it matter more.
Flyweight Andrew Selby also stopped the unbeaten Nicaraguan flyweight Hermogenes Elizabeth Castillo in the 5th round. Selby is simply a class act and like the two other fighters – Easton and Taylor is a devastating addition to the domestic scene. The amateur pedigree all 3 have mark them out as serious contenders for the future and on this showing it won’t be long before we are talking massive fights, major belts and serious attention.
The undercard was also packed with some very serious guys who have very decent futures ahead of them – Fife’s middleweight Connor Law got the rounds in with an 8 round points win against Jose Manuel Lopez Clavero, Nick Webb stopped Jakov Gospic in the very first round and the highly rated – especially by me – Glasgow’s Craig MacIntyre got in some decent rounds and a points win against Miguel Aquilar.
In the other action from Saturday night Prospect Boxing were in the Alona Hotel in Motherwell. I am awaiting news of the super lightweight clash for the Scottish title between Eddie Doyle and Shaun McShane; super lightweight Gary Murray v Teodor Nikolov, lightweight Giuseppe Daprato v Stephen Carroll and super welterweight Michael McGurk v Casey Blair.