Mar 13 2013 By Andrew Weston
Pictures by Ian McFadyen
Prospect Boxing promoter Paul Graham was delighted with Friday night's show at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.
The 10-fight card was taken in by nearly 1000 spectators, with the headline act Gary McCallum’s comfortable victory over Paul Allison for the vacant Scottish Middleweight Championship belt.
Jerviston’s Iain Butcher took care of Bulgarian Galin Paunov in their flyweight bout but there was disappointment for Wishaw duo Ryan Scott and Mark Parvin.
Middleweight Scott was unlucky going down to a narrow 39-38 points defeat against New Cumnock’s Billy Campbell but Parvin was soundly beaten by Richard Bitner from Halifax.
Graham, who presented ‘The Steelmen Return’ show along with Chris Gilmour Boxing, said: “I would say it was my best show so far. It was a barnstomer.
“We had around about a thousand people and I think we made a small profit even though it costs a lot of money to put these shows together.
“I think we will do this again. I couldn’t do it every ten weeks, it would have to be a bi-annual event, a mega show like this. But this will be the talk of the town after that. It was an absolute cracker. “
He continued: “Ryan Scott from Wishaw was very unlucky not to get a draw in the fight of the night against Billy Campbell and Gary McCallum did well to take the vacant Scottish Middleweight Championship belt in the main event of the evening.
“For Iain Butcher a British title shot could be next. It would be towards the end of the summer I would say.
“Paunov has been to Britain three times and has been stopped in the fourth round and fifth round including against Luke Wilton who fought for a British title recently.
“Iain did a number on Paunov in the first round. It was a demolition job if I am being honest with you and he is more than ready for a British title opportunity.”