Josh Taylor showed a dominant performance on home soil to win in the seventh round against undefeated American Ryan Martin and reach the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series.
However, Ryan Burnett suffered a shock defeat in the co-main event as the Northerners were forced to hand over their barb-weight WBA title to Nonito Donaire following a fourth back injury after the fourth.
The Hydro Arena in Glasgow was a boiler of Scottish support for Taylor, and although the boxer from Prestonpans took a while to find his rhythm, home field Martin was clearly above Martin's athletic but unrefined style.
A lukewarm series of opening rounds won Taylor over sporadic combinations. As the fight progressed, however, large swellings began to settle over the American's right eye, and the Scot's attack on the native of Ohio became more and more constant. In the seventh round, a left hook hit the head, followed by another swing on the body, complaining that the first shot had hit him behind the ear.
Victor Loughlin immediately waved off what was considered premature for some, but it was clear at the time that there would only be one winner.
In this victory, Taylor kept his WBC Silver Championship and improved his perfect record to 14: 0. In the semifinals of the tournament, he will fight for the first time in his career for a world title when he meets early next year on the Ukrainian Ivan Baranchyk. After the victory, the Scot said:
"I'm very happy with the way the performance went tonight, I knew I would win the fight, thanks Ryan, but the fight was easy for me, I did not leave second gear, I am ready for the next fight I'm just starting in. I'm 100% confident and I do not think anyone will stop me. "
The night, however, was less fortunate for fellow British super-fighter Ryan Burnett, who had to retire from a fight with four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire after a back injury in the fourth round.
This meant that Burnett lost his world title against the Filipino, who was defeated by compatriot Carl Frampton last April.
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