It was a fantastic evening of action at #MTKFightNight’s event at the University of Bolton Stadium, with some of the best up and coming boxers all putting in brilliant performances.
Undefeated light-heavyweight Mike McGoldrick (5-0) was victorious in his first sixth round contest as he overcame the experienced Jevgenijs Andrejevs.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lisa Whiteside (3-0) continued the perfect start to her professional career, dominating on her way to an impressive win against Evgeniya Zablotskaya.
The hugely popular Sahir Iqbal (7-0, 1 KO) ensured it was a happy homecoming too, beating Kevin McCauley in front of his loyal Bolton supporters.
Here’s all you need to know from an exciting night of action…
MIKE MCGOLDRICK bt Jevgenijs Andrejevs TKO5
McGoldrick: “I felt like I needed the stoppage going into the fight because of all the people coming down, but at the same time I wanted to get the six rounds in, so to get the stoppage in the fifth round was the best of both worlds.
“I’ve said from day one I want to win a title and achieve something. If we can get a Central Area title or anything beyond that it would be fantastic.”
LISA WHITESIDE bt Evgeniya Zablotskaya TKO2
Whiteside: “I’ve got natural power and I felt comfortable in there. I was on fire in this fight and I’ve brought my power into this weight class.
“I want a big step up next that can get me up there. I made sure to say thanks to all of my friends and family after this fight too because I wanted to show my appreciation to them.”
SAHIR IQBAL bt KEVIN MCCAULEY PTS4
Iqbal: “I was pleased with how it went. My opponent was good at sticking in there but I thought I hurt him a few times, especially towards the later rounds.
“It’s all good experience for me and it was a brilliant atmosphere too. My crowd always show up big, especially in Bolton. Now it’s onwards and upwards to the next one.”
There were also wins for the superb trio of Ryan Stevenson (7-0, 1 KO), Liam Gaynor (4-0) and Josh Padley (2-0), as they all continued their winning streaks.
Before the professional fights began, some of the UK’s best amateur stars were in action too, with the youngsters involved in some brilliant contests.
Over in Dubai at Caesars Palace, promising Irish welterweight Rohan Date (10-0-1) secured his eighth professional KO win with a lethal first-round hammering of Pardeep Kharera (5-5).
#MTKFightNight returns in two weeks when they head to the Eagles Community Arena in Newcastle on September 28, with Thomas Patrick Ward, Jay Hughes, Simon Valily, Darren Reay, Chad Ellis, Adam Gair, Joseph Laws and many more.