A talented young boxer has won his second professional fight after a hand injury kept him out of the ring for an agonising 18 months.
Ally Black (23), from Kirkintilloch, broke his hand in the second round of his professional debut in April 2012 - but fought on to win the bout.
Earlier this month he finally retuned to the fighting game against Manchester’s Paul Haines on the undercard of a Scottish Featherweight Title bout at the Gorbals Leisure Centre.
A second round stoppage maintained his unbeaten record with time to spare.
His opponent fell victim to a combination of hooks and a perfectly-timed second round uppercut to the body, flooring Haines for an eight count.
The referee stopped the fight moments later with Haines on the ropes.
Ally told the Herald: “I was nervous going in because I’d been out for so long but I’ve been training with bigger sparring partners and I felt stronger than my opponent even though I was giving away about 10 kilos.
“It felt really good to win in just two rounds and I want to fight again as soon as possible. The dream would be to fight on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ next fight. He was at the fight and came in to wish me luck beforehand.”
He added: “I’m dedicating the fight to my former trainer Hugh Docherty Senior who died last year.
“I’d also like to thank all my trainers including Paul Weir, my manager Alex Morrison and his family, and my sponsors.
“I’d also like to thank Deafblind Scotland for sending a support worker with one of their clients who used to be a boxer.
“It was great to have him there supporting me and the support worker told him what was happening just by touching his hand.”