The fights are underway in Glasgow, and while the World Boxing Super Series is yet to come, we’ve got some early results for you from the show.
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Paul Butler KO-6 Salvador Hernandez Sanchez
Butler won a 118-pound title back in 2014, then didn’t defend and moved down to 115 to go for a second title at 115, which got him stopped by Zolani Tete, who now holds a title at 118, and Butler also now fights at 118. Butler was here as an alternate in case Inoue or Rodriguez had to pull out, so this was just a stay-busy for him. He’s won three in a row since losing last May to Emmanuel Rodriguez in a vacant IBF bantamweight title fight. Butler (29-2, 15 KO) got the win here by knocking out Hernandez Sanchez (14-9-1, 9 KO) on a body shot.
Reece McFadden PTS-4 Georgi Georgiev
This was the swing fight. McFadden improves to 3-0 (1 KO) and really tried to get the stoppage in the final round, but Georgiev (7-15-1, 4 KO) survived the rushes. McFadden is a 23-year-old Scottish prospect at 118/122 who turned pro in November and fought again in March. His nickname is “Fast Hands,” as he is believed to have fast hands. McFadden won bronze at both the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, and upset Andrew Selby in the opening round of the 2014 tournament.
Zach Parker TKO-4 Steven Crambert
Parker is the current British super middleweight champion, took this fight to stay busy as he hadn’t fought since November, when he was injured (dislocated shoulder) in victory over Darryll Williams. Purse bids for Parker to defend against Lerrone Richards are on June 12. Parker (18-0, 12 KO) was in total control here and Crambert (8-5, 4 KO) wasn’t doing much other than covering up, so the referee stepped in. You can fairly argue it didn’t need to be stopped, but it also wasn’t interesting and Crambert wasn’t trying to win or anything, which for me is fine.
Lee McGregor PTS-6 Brett Fidoe
Fidoe took this on very, very, very short notice. It may seem underwhelming that McGregor (6-0, 5 KO) didn’t get Fidoe (13-51-5, 6 KO) out inside the distance, but Fidoe has been stopped once in his 51 losses, and that was against Andrew Selby back in 2016. McGregor won the rounds, referee had it 60-54, and Fidoe came to fight him. A decent six rounds for McGregor, who will defend his Commonwealth bantamweight title on June 22 in Glasgow against Scott Allan (9-3-1, 0 KO), which will air on ESPN+.