Carslaw to defend Masters title against Thompson

Kris Carslaw will make the first defence of his British Masters light-middleweight title against Northern Ireland’s Willie Thompson. The Paisley prospect takes on Ballyclare-based Thompson at Scotstoun Sports Campus on Saturday, March 5th.
Carslaw stretched his unbeaten run to a dozen when he knocked out Brummie Terry Carruthers to claim the title in November.

And promoter Chris Gilmour believes a comprehensive victory over Thompson will propel the 26 year-old closer to full British title contention.
Gilmour said: “Carruthers was a big test for Kris and a lot of people in the game actually fancied him to win the title.
“But Kris really rose to the occasion and put on a phenomenal performance to take Carruthers out in three rounds. It was a great victory for him and proved that he is starting to mature from an up and coming prospect into a real major title contender.
“Thompson will be another test for Kris because he has fought in much better company against the likes of former WBO title challenger Michael Jennings and Ashley Theophane, who will challenge for the British title later this month.
“If Kris can do a number of Thompson then it will prove that he is ready to take that step up into top-class title contention.”
Undefeated welterweights Jamie McLevy of Scotstoun and Eddie Doyle of Glenboig will both be looking to stretch their winning runs to seven against selected opposition on the undercard.
Former Prizefighter super-bantamweight finalist Paul McElhinney of Newlands, Newarthill’s John Downie and Edinburgh’s David Cowan are also in action. And the seven fight bill will be completed by former multi-titled amateur star Robert ‘Rocky’ Wright, who made a successful debut at last month’s St Andrews Sporting Club Burns Night.
Tickets go on sale on Friday 4th February and are priced at £40 (reserved seating) and £30 (unreserved seating) and are available on 0141 810 5700 and all the boxers on the bill.


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Fight Reports

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