Butcher wins Super-Flyweight belt in eventful boxing card in Wishaw

Iain Butcher and Michael Ramabelasta in the ring at Rival's Gym in Wishaw.
Title fight: Iain Butcher and Michael Ramabelasta in the ring at Rival's Gym in Wishaw.Donna Braham Photography

Rivals Gym in Wishaw was the venue for another exciting night of professional boxing staged by Paul Graham’s Prospect Boxing on Friday December 7.

This show provided six entertaining contests despite Bellshill boxer Kris Hughes' fight against Durham’s Dougie Curran being called off at the eleventh hour due to Hughes' involvement in another fight the following evening.

Topping the bill again was Jerviston’s favourite son, Iain Butcher in a ten round title contest for the vacant British Masters Super-Flyweight Belt. This contest was over the championship distance of ten three-minute rounds.

His opponent was South Africa’s Michael Ramabelasta, who now fights in Bristol.

Butcher got off to the better start against the heavier Ramabelasta. He worked well behind the jab and caught his opponent with straight rights hands and left hooks.

Ramabelasta seemed out of distance and Butcher caught a lot of his shots on the gloves. The South African came back in the latter stages but by that time Butcher had a substantial lead running out a comfortable winner by a margin of 97 points to 94.

This was the first time Butcher had been matched over ten rounds and he lasted well. His eyes now must be on British Champion Kevin Satchell’s Lonsdale belt. Satchell has a similar style to the tall and rangy Ramabelasta and this was the ideal warm up bout for Butcher who is now undefeated in all his six fights.

This contest was a fitting climax to a busy and competitive show which featured several local boxers.

Wishaw’s light welterweight, Mark Parvin, looked to build on his debut victory back in October.

He was matched against London’s East End showman Johnny Greaves, a veteran of 92 contests, who was three pounds lighter then Parvin.

Parvin boxed well over the six two-minute rounds and had the Londoner down in the second for a count of eight. The score of 60-54 reflected the local man’s dominance of the scrap. Parvin moves to 2-0 and will look to carry this good form on into 2013.

Light middleweight Billy Campbell from New Cumnock was up against Paisley’s Craig Kelly in the only all Scottish clash on the bill.

Kelly started the quickest and caught Campbell on the hop. Campbell came back well in the second and it was honours even in the third.

In the fourth and final round Campbell nicked it with his work on the inside and good use of the uppercut. The narrow one point margin of victory for Campbell showed how close this contest was. A re-match must surely be on the cards after this highly competitive contest.

On the comeback trail was Fauldhouse Super-Feather-Weight Sean Watson, whose opponent Ryan Peleguer was from Valencia.

His journey was cut short early in the first round when an accidental clash of heads left the Spaniard with a nasty cut over his left eye. The bout, scheduled for six two-minute rounds, was declared a technical draw and Watson is now 2-2-1.

Elsewhere James Tennyson from Belfast, along with his big following from Stranraer, made his Scottish debut.

The Irishman has had three contests in the Emerald Isle and has stopped all of his opponents thus far. He was pitched in with Mickey Coveney who has had over 30 contests at a good level.

Tennyson dominated the contest from start to finish however he could not find the key to stopping his wily opponent Coveney who ran out a convincing winner by 60 points to 54. Great things are being mooted for the likeable young Tennyson.

Sanquhar’s Rhys Pagan was having his fourth contest in the paid ranks.

He was fighting Atherton’s William Warburton over four three-minute rounds. Pagan’s superior jab and work-rate saw him clinch a 39-37 points victory over the man from Lancashire who has won four of his last seven contests.

Craig Pringle