Broch kickboxer wins Scottish Golden title

CHAMPION: Mark Simpson's coach, Albert Ross, has said that the Broch may have a future world champion in the 15-year-old.
CHAMPION: Mark Simpson's coach, Albert Ross, has said that the Broch may have a future world champion in the 15-year-old.

Mark Simpson (15), one of the Satorishido kickboxers who trains at the Fraserburgh Fitness Centre in James Ramsay Park, travelled down to the Howden Park Centre in Livingston to fight for the Scottish Golden Belt title last month.

His opponent on the night was Dylon Butchard (17) from the Cobra Martial Arts Scotland club.

The Scottish title fight was set at the 64Kg weight category and was contested over 5 rounds.

Both fighters wanted this title and it showed from the start of round one, both fighting hard and fast, but Mark’s preparation and hard work leading up to the title fight began to show towards the end of the first round.

The second round saw Mark back off his opponent a bit more than he should have, resulting in Butchard stealing the second round.

After a change of tactics discussed in the break time with coach Albert Ross who instructed Mark to take the fight to his opponent, Mark began to dominate the third round so much that his opponent received a standing eight count.

Mark continued to be on the front foot for the rest of the fight.

All three ringside judges scored the fight four rounds to one in favour of Mark Simpson, bringing home the belt to the Broch.

Coach Ross said afterwards that Mark is a very talented fighter who puts 110% into his training.

Saying that his fighter deserved the title, Ross added that a British title fight should not be ruled out if it were the right fight for the Brocher.