Impact Boxing’s Scott Miller pulled off his first professional victory on the road tonight by overcoming local lad Chris Mullen on points at South Shields’ Temple Park Leisure Centre. In a contest of six two-minute rounds both boxers played their part in producing the most scintillating bout of the evening..
Mullen, previously undefeated, tasted early success by stopping Miller in his tracks by wobbling him with a swinging right that connected with Miller’s chin. Digging deep and showing true grit Miller recovered quickly and continued pushing forward in his trademark mode.
In the second and third rounds honours were just about even as both men tested the others defences and commitment with unremitting determination. By round four however Mullen was beginning to fatigue and Miller began to dominate with his ruthless resolve. Round five saw Miller push home his advantage in indomitable style and by now Mullen was faltering as he appeared to have no means to turn the tide back in his favour.
As the final stanza commenced a now exhausted and disheartened Mullen fell easy prey to the relentless Miller and as a result met with the canvas on three occasions during the round. Bizarrely, the referee elected not tocount Mullen at any stage during the round by the end of the contest he had no option but to award the contest to Stoke’s rising star.
Both men left the ring to a standing ovation and if proof were needed of the quality of Scott’s performance a number of Geordies congratulated Miller personally.
“I’m very pleased with my performance tonight,” said Miller afterwards, “and it’s testament to the coaching that I’ve received from Impact since turning pro.”
“It may have looked easy by the end but Chris (Mullen) is a tough fighter and he caused me a few problems early on.”
“I’ve said that I want to keep busy and tonight has made me hungrier than ever; I can’t wait to get into the ring again soon.”