By Dermot Bolger
A result that slipped by us last week was that of the evergreen Shaun McShane. The Donegal native, now 35, scored a 39-37 win over 100 fight veteran Youssef Al Hamidi in Grangemouth, Scotland. It was the Glasgow based McShane’s eight professional outing (4-3-1).
Back in March, McShane came agonisingly close to winning the Scottish Area Super Lightweight title, when edged out by Eddie Doyle on a 96-95 scorecard. He has however secured a rematch which has been pencilled in for the 15th October at the same Motherwell venue of their previous fight.
McShane made his pro debut at 33 but could have turned pro much sooner in his younger years. As a talented amateur with the Dungloe Club, he won an Ulster Championship and regularly featured at the National Stadium. He took a hiatus from the game after becoming frustrated with being on the wrong side of tight calls.
Signed up to the Prospect Boxing stable, and under the tutelage of Jimmy Reilly, McShane has had great support from the Irish community in Glasgow. With the experience of that 10 rounder with Doyle under his belt, he hopes to go one step better when they cross paths again in October.