Late bookings see pair trek to Scotland for 'Christmas pay-day'
NOTTINGHAM pair Barrington Brown and Simon Lucas have taken late bookings in Scotland tonight.
Brown, out of action since March, takes on local novice Gareth stamp at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, in Edinburgh, while Lucas (21-4-14-3) is up against John McCallum.
Manager Jimmy Gill is not overjoyed at having to make the 600-mile round trip at late notice, but wants to give his lads a little pay-day before Christmas after recent fights fell through.
"I need this trip like a hole in the head," said Gill.
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"But we have been messed about recently with people taking fights and then pulling out late on saying they didn't want to tackle Barrington after all.
"I don't know what's the matter with some of these kids these days.
"Simon also took a 4x3 at late notice and then I got a text saying the fight was off. No telephone call, just a text."
There was disappointment for Nottingham's Terry Maughan in Essex on Thursday night.
He took a fight at 24-hours notice against Billy Wooders but was stopped 20 seconds from the end of the third round. It was a result that left Gill hopping mad.
"Terry was doing OK until he took a right hander that he didn't see coming," said Gill. "It staggered him but he had the presence of mind to throw the last punch.
"He wasn't badly hurt. His legs were fine and his eyes were clear, but referee Geoff Hinds stepped in and called it off. Even the locals couldn't believe it.
"I'm as sick as a pig about it. I don't mind my kids losing, but I'm getting fed up with poor decisions like this. It was ridiculous.
"The game has gone to pot. This is not the same sport I signed up for over 30 years ago.
"It has upset me, but I will soldier on until I get so fed up that I finally walk away."
Meanwhile, Gill hopes former British and Commonwealth champion Jason Booth will be able to box on in the New Year and reach the milestone of 50 professional fights.
Booth, recovering from a troublesome hand injury, has lost his last five – some in controversial circumstances – and Gill wants him to go out with a win.
"Three more fights will see little Jason get to 50," said Gill.
"He has been resting his hand and ticking over and it is a little better with the rest.
"Hopefully, I can nurse him three though three little six rounders.
"He knows he is nearing the end of the road but he deserves to go out with a win after all he has been through in his career."