New British light heavyweight challenge champion Tommy Philbin says he wants to tear up the super middleweight division and is already targeting a second professional title.
The 27-year-old MTK fighter ripped into opponent Carl Wild from the first bell at Meadowbank on Saturday night and was rewarded with a first-round stoppage after just 72 seconds, Northern Irishman Wild requiring oxygen in the aftermath having dropped to the canvas twice as Philbin secured his first pro belt in style.
The former Lochend amateur had revealed to the Evening News last week of his intention to move down a weight division and now his latest win, his ninth as a paid fighter, has merely whetted his appetite for further success.
“I’d really like to fight John McCallum but he’s never going to take it. Rhys Pagan (current Scottish champion) is another one for the Scottish or Celtic title perhaps so there are some options out there,” Philbin said.
“I’ve been working on a lot of things in the gym with Billy [Nelson] and I’m punching a lot harder. The wee one-two’s paid off so I’m really happy. Kenny Anderson stopped Wild after six rounds, Dec Spelman was in round two a couple of weeks ago and I’ve managed it in the very first so I’m pleased with that.
“I’m far too wee to stay as a light heavyweight. He [Wild] was quite a bit bigger than me and they’re only going to get bigger than that if I stay around.”
On the wellbeing of his opponent, Philbin added: “I was too busy celebrating and didn’t actually notice he was in a bad way. It’s not nice to see but thankfully he’s okay.”
Haddington’s Iain Trotter had opened the evening with a comfortable points victory over Casey Blair to move to 3-0. The middleweight boxer was a cut above his opponent in every department and will now switch his focus to his next bout on the undercard of compatriot Josh Taylor’s clash with Ohara Davies at Braehead Arena on July 8.
“It was comfortable in there but everything I was doing was just a wee bit too slow,” 23-year-old Trotter explained. “It’s not going to happen overnight so it was important I got the victory. My next fight in July was all the motivation I needed to get through this one. I just need to tighten up on a few things and I can’t wait for this one.”
The Capital’s Lewis Paulin showed why he is considered one of the best super featherweight’s in the country with a fourth-round stoppage over Croatian Antonio Horvatic.
Having racked up his tenth win since making his debut in May 2015, the 26-year-old is now knocking on the door of his first title shot.
“I knew my body shots could be used to good effect and that’s what happened. But he was tough, he took some big hits,” Paulin said. “I was supposed to be fighting Mark Evans, the current Welsh champion, but they then pulled out which I was pretty gutted about as that was a chance to make a big statement. But you can only fight who is put in front of you.
“I’m just waiting on my chance now. There’s not much more I can do so I’m ready for something bigger.”
There was, however, disappointment for lightweight Thomas Dickson who lost his six-rounder with Ivan Godor of Slovakia. It’s the second defeat of the former Leith Victoria amateur’s career and a decision that also enraged Dickson’s coach Gary Jacobs.
“I just don’t understand it and I’m absolutely devastated,” said Dickson, 27. “When I lost my first fight last October I put my hands up and admitted I deserved it. I know it wasn’t my best performance but I definitely thought I’d done enough. I’m just lost for words. I want a rematch to try and put it right but Gary is saying definitely not.”
Elsewhere, Killin’s Monty Ogilvie eased past Englishman Ricky Leach with a second-round stoppage.