Lee McGregor retained his Commonwealth bantamweight title today in Glasgow, as the rising Scottish prospect stopped countryman Scott Allan in the eighth round of an entertaining main event from Emirates Arena.
The stoppage wasn’t hugely convincing, but McGregor (7-0, 6 KO) was mostly in control throughout the bout, and had Allan (9-4-1, 0 KO) hurt when referee Victor Loughlin stepped in to call a halt to the bout. Allan had been ruled down moments before, a questionable knockdown call, but he was reeling a bit and McGregor was putting on the pressure. Allan was upset with the stoppage, shoving Loughlin away, but the veteran ref didn’t take it personally.
McGregor, 22, is a legit prospect at 118 with the frame to move up a division or two in time, but it’s hard to really guess at his ultimate upside. This fight alone, Allan certainly had moments, but it was also obvious that McGregor had basically no respect for the power (or lack thereof) of his opponent, and he probably took risks and thus shots that he might not if an opponent has something to worry about coming in return.
For now, he remains an interesting young fighter you should be keeping tabs on as he climbs the ranks. Not only does he have skills and some pop, but he’s fun to watch, too.
Kieran Smith TD-10 Ivan Montero
This was only scheduled for 10, but it was stopped a bit early due to a cut from a clash of heads on Montero, so it’s a technical decision. Scores were 99-90, 99-90, and 99-91. Smith (15-0, 7 KO) is a decent fighter, a 26-year-old southpaw, tall for 154 at 6’2”. Montero, who came in late notice from Mexico for the fight, falls to 21-4 (9 KO) and has lost four of six.
Lewis Benson PTS-8 Renald Garrido
Near a bit of an upset here, as Benson won on a score of 77-75, which Garrido was displeased about, feeling he’d done enough. Garrido (24-24-3, 6 KO) certainly had his successes and the fight was debatable at the very least. Benson (12-2, 2 KO) is one of those guys with a desire to be a slick fighter, unfortunately lacking in the athletic ability and coordination to be particularly slick. His two losses came on 96-95 scores to Tyrone McKenna and Johnny Coyle in 2018. He’ll be a slot filler on these shows for a while, at least.
Craig MacIntyre TKO-3 Chris Adaway
Adaway (9-57-4, 1 KO) is one of the more amusing UK journeymen. He pulled an upset in March but has lost four in a row since now, dropped and stopped here in the third round by Glasgow welterweight prospect MacIntyre (11-0-1, 4 KO). But Adaway is always good for the effort, pumps his fist every time he lands so much as a glancing blow, and has a good spirit and disposition about him. He knows his job and does it to the best of his ability. MacIntyre, 24, looks frankly like your normal domestic level-at-best sort of prospect.