MacMillan continues to learn with second pro win

Reece MacMillan vowed to continue learning after keeping up the perfect start to this professional career.

Friday, 24th June 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:07 pm
Reece MacMillan, right, with manager Kieran Farrell after victory in his second professional fight.

The Morecambe welterweight was a four-round points winner over the durable Alec Bazza at Preston’s Guild Hall.

The former Skerton ABC man believes on another night he could have made it two stoppages from two fights but was content to simply keep up his positive start in the paid ranks.

MacMillan, 2-0 as a pro, said: “It was a step up in opponent but I enjoyed it.

“I put it on him a lot but he was a tough guy and it was a good test.

“I don’t know how he stayed up from some of the body shots.

“I could have got him out of there in the third round but he was tough.

“It would have been nice to get the stoppage but I’m pretty happy with how it went and it was all about getting another win.”

The 20-year-old from Westgate got the decision 39-37 on the MGM Manchester ‘Night of the Champions’ show and knows there is still more to come.

MacMillan said: “It was a tough third round as a I tried to get him out of there.

“I maybe put a little too much into it and he edged the fourth.

“I could maybe pick my shots a bit more because I really went for it.

“If I’d have maybe thought about things a bit more in round three I would have got him out of there.

“It’s only early days though and I’m still learning.”

With nearly 100 fans from the Lancaster and Morecambe area out in support, MacMillan impressed manager Kieran Farrell who was in his corner.

Having trained at show organiser Johnney Roye’s gym in Preston in the build up, his busy night meant it was Farrell who guided MacMillan through his second pro fight.

The Morecambe man said: “Johnney had three title fights so was really busy.

“It was his show too so he was running around all night.

“It was great to have Kieran there though because he knows how I fight.

“It was just great to get out there again on Saturday and now hopefully I can put more training into it.”

MacMillan hopes to fight again in September when the new season begins and is targeting a fourth fight before the year is out as he looks to continue to build momentum during his first year as a professional.