BARRHEAD boxer Gary Rae says boxing coach Shane McGuigan praised his travelling support at the Hydro on Saturday, after the welterweight secured his seventh professional win.

The 29-year-old impressed the Glasgow audience on the undercard of Josh Taylor’s fight against v Winston Campos’, securing his first stoppage since turning pro.

And Taylor’s coach Shane McGuigan, who also trains the likes of big boxing names George Groves, Josh Pritchard and Chantelle Cameron, along with his brother Jake, were taken aback by the 200 plus supporters that came up to support Rae.

And the boxer revealed Cyclone promotions were keen to have him on their next show, with a potential next fight date for the Barrhead boxer scheduled for June.

He said: “It was phenomenal, you could hear the noise from them.

“I’ve seen a few other websites commenting about how loud my fans were, and Jake and Shane McGuigan from Cyclone Promotions came into the changing rooms after and congratulated me and complimenting me on my boxing.

“They mentioned the fans two or three times, and they’re hoping I’ll be fighting with them again in June hopefully, so that’s something to hopefully to look forward to.

“I don’t know what they’ve got planned, whether it’s in Glasgow or Edinburgh, I would obviously prefer Glasgow but we’ll wait and see what they come up with.”

It was Rae’s most impressive performance since turning pro, easing past his Hungarian opponent, who was also unbeaten heading into the fight with two wins under his belt.

But the super bantamweight was in control throughout, his jab working well, despite receiving his first cut ever in the ring.

He had to get patched up afterwards by a doctor in the Hydro, but it provides him with some well-earned rest after the fight, with Rae unlikely to be able to spar for six weeks until the wound has healed.

He added: “I thought I had got him down, but he managed to get himself back up, but he headbutted me and caught me on the way.

“I went straight to my corner, and that’s the first time we’ve had to deal with a cut in amateurs or professional, but they did a good job and he just told me to keep the distance in the fourth round.

“I didn’t want to rush the knockout, but I started to put a bit more venom in the jabs, and it was great to get that stoppage, and get the four rounds in.

“I think it’s one of my best overall and most rounded performances, my jab was excellent. I was landing that well, my head movement was a lot better than it has been in the past and I managed to set my feet a bit better, which helps with everything.”

Gary also thanked his sponsors: Jim Price of Acre Industrial Services, FBM Contracts director Brian McCulloch, The Tenement Bar in Glasgow, and new sponsor Grant Scotland for their continued support.