Boxing: McMillan win earns praise from coach

LOCHEND Boxing Club coach Terry McCormack has praised his pro contender Gary McMillan for outpointing Birmingham opponent Dee Mitchell – despite having just 24 hours notice of the bout at Glasgow's Thistle Hotel.

McCormack said: "Gary hadn't boxed since losing to Gilmerton's Gary Young last November and only had 24 hours notice – he boxed brilliantly."

Meanwhile, Craigmillar amateur boxing club coach Kenny McCartney has hailed light-heavyweight Lee Dailly's extension of his unbeaten run by outpointing Kilsyth's Chris Rae.

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McCartney said: "Rae was a tough guy but Lee stuck to his boxing and outjabbed the guy. He did well to win by 4-2."

However, McCartney had a mixed reaction to the double losses by his other two boxers on the Kilsyth bill.

"Our bantamweight Brodie Robertson was up against a far more experienced opponent, Lee Ferns, who showed just why he won the Kilsyth club's 'Boxer of the Year' award recently. But our lightweight, Tony James, definitely nicked it on my card against Airdrie Four Isles club's Barry Craig – but the judges gave it to Craig by 6-5."

• SPARTA club bosses have welcomed boxing fans to the club gym off the Kings Road end of Portobello High Street next Sunday, 25 April at 1pm for a free youth and novices show.