Socialist politician Tommy Sheridan proved that some are created more equal than others after retaining his World Celebrity Boxing title by a split points decision over Clyde One DJ George Bowie at Glasgow’s Hilton on Sunday.
The three round charity boxing event, organised by former boxer Ian MacLeod and refereed by ‘Celtic Warrior’ Steve Collins, raised £10,000 for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
The ‘Aging Bull’ Sheridan may have been influenced by heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s victory the previous night as, like the Ukrainian, he waited patiently behind his jab before unleashing his right when the opportunity presented itself.
Breakfast DJ ‘Boom Boom’ Bowie started strong and ambitious and came looking for ‘Mr T’, but after eating jabs for much of the time he failed to find his flow in the fight.
Celebrity Big Brother contestant Sheridan was dominant throughout and his surprisingly quick reflexes allowed him to step inside Bowie’s jabs and return the sentiment before the DJ was able to snap back his left into defence.
This was the story for much of the fight although Bowie’s aggression was admirable as he kept up the pressure.
However, Bowie’s downfall was ultimately his defence. By holding his gloves at shoulder height he was an easy target to both the head and the body which Sheridan soon figured out.
Glaswegian Sheridan stepped up the pace in the third and final round and some ambitious combinations paid off as ‘The Dark Destroyer’ moved comfortably between head and body attacks.
The Solidarity leader was showing very little and had the crowd on its feet when he demonstrated such boxing flair worthy of referee Steve Collins. Sheridan ducked an oncoming jab, throwing his own to the stomach as he lowered before coming over the top with a ferocious right hook to Bowie’s head, splattering those at ringside with sweat and other liquids emanating from the mouth.
The ringside judges were split in their decision and scored the bout 29-28 and 30-27 in favour of Sheridan, with one judge scoring 29-28 for Bowie.