Hill too much to climb for Bitner

Halifax boxer Richard Bitner’s latest sortie north of the border ended in defeat on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old Bitner was beaten 39-37 on points by Sammy Hill at the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock.

It was Bitner’s third fight in Scotland in the last two months and his second career defeat, following three wins and a draw in his first four pro fights all at North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax.

Local fight chief Chris Aston had no complaints about the outcome against the 27-year-old Hill, who has now won four out of five in the paid ranks.

Hill, nicknamed The Bull and from Symington in Scotland, boxed well in the early stages and although Bitner got on top towards the end of the third and had the upper hand in the fourth, it was too little too late.

Bitner could next be in action in a show Aston is planning for Halifax or Huddersfield in July.

Others who could join him on that bill are Halifax’s Scott Gladwin, who takes on Connor Nixon for the vacant Central Area super flyweight title at Doncaster Dome on Friday, and Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse, who will tackle the unbeaten Shayne Singleton for the English light welterweight title at Bowler’s Arena, Manchester on June 1.