A BRAVE boxer fought his way to victory in his first professional bout . . . despite breaking his hand in the second round.
Ally Black (21), from Kirkintilloch, outboxed his Maltese opponent, Steve Martin, in front of a crowd of more than 350 people at Glasgow’s Marriot and earned a unanimous points decision after winning five out of the six rounds.
Ally, who turned pro earlier this year, had previously broken his right hand in training and the injury came back to haunt him – but he didn’t let the pain deter him.
He told the Herald: “Steve knocked out his last opponent and is an experienced kick-boxer, but I wasn’t nervous about fighting him.
“I knew I’d hurt my hand in the second when I also cut his eye, but I never really thought about it.
“I was pretty confident although when they said my name in the introduction my heart was pounding.
“It’s a big change from amateur fighting because you don’t have a head guard on and you wear lighter gloves so everything happens really fast.”
He added: “I’d like to thank my coaches James Carr, Hugh Docherty and Thomas Fraser, my friends and family, and my sponsors Nuthouse Barbers.”
It’s back to training now for Ally, who hopes to fight again “as soon as possible”.
He is aiming to fight on the same card as world champion Ricky Burns – who he weighed in beside on the day before Burns successfully defended his title at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena.