By ADAM OAUKLI
BANTAMWEIGHT prospect Gary ‘Razor’ Rae notched up his second pro win on the spin in a four-rounder against experienced journeyman Brett Fidoe at Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Sporting Club on Thursday night.
After winning on his pro debut with a stoppage in the second round back in November against Londoner Jules Phillips, the 28-year-old Barrhead boxer was hoping to repeat the feat by stopping Fidoe at the Radisson Blu.
He said afterwards: “If I could have stopped him it would have sent out a great message because he has only been stopped once in his career, but I had to prepare for a hard fight.”
Fidoe is an interesting boxing character. In 40 bouts, Rae’s opponent has only won six of them but has only ever been knocked out once.
That came at the fists of former Team GB fighter Andrew Selby who is currently the 18th ranked flyweight in the world and holds the number one rank in the British flyweight division.
So the bout predictably went the distance with ‘Razor’ emerging victorious with a 39-37 points decision from the referee.
Rae had admitted to feeling the pressure on his first professional debut but looked far more comfortable last night.
The up and comer knew that a knockout would make it clear to the division that he would be challenging for titles soon enough but was prepared to go the distance, knowing what kind of fighter Fidoe is.
He stressed: “I have to taste what it is like going into deeper rounds. I have to feel the pressure under the lights to progress.”
The victory moves Rae to 19th in the British Super Bantamweight division rankings, with his opponent dropping to 21st out of 23.