Tom Shaw (8-1) was seen by many as a true prospect with a real future ahead of him. Aged just 22 he had lost only a single round in his first 8 fights and had looked excellent in the process.

Dubbed "The Shaw Thing", Tom Shaw was expected to easily out box Jamaican born-London based journeyman Mark McKray (4-17-1, 3). Despite only scoring 1 of his last 19 fights McKray came out for the win and it didn't take long for him to tag McKray on the chin who went down in eye catching fashion. Sadly for McKray he got to his feet before recovering his sense and just moment later was dropped again, this time getting to his feet whilst looking lost and forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout.

Hopefully this is a lesson to Frank Warren to stop feeding us what appear to be mismatches on his often awful domestic shows on Boxnation. Shaw was hyped as someone with potential when really he was little more than a well matched 8-0 fighter who's opponents up to this point had been 58-419-20, not the sort of opponents that would have helped developed Shaw's potential.
 





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