Who is Ivan Baranchyk, The Beast from Belarus?

I’d be lying if I said that I knew much about Josh Taylor’s next opponent, Ivan Baranchyk. And, to be honest, that makes me slightly nervous. There’s a temptation to over-look fighters you’re unfamiliar with. Your expectations are raised, an arrogance develops, and...

Dean Sutherland: modern fighter with old school drive

Participation in boxing was once reserved, almost exclusively, for the poor. Young men brutalised by their environment were saved – and often exploited – by the sport. Gruelling runs in the dead of night, endless sparring with injuries, risking death for meagre pay to...

Lessons from the circus: what Scottish boxing can take from social media

There was deserved ridicule and derision for celebrity boxing matches in 2018. The fight, if it can be described as that, between KSI and Logan Paul, two highly popular Youtube ‘personalities’, was the most notorious. The social media bloggers, who amassed a fortune...

Introducing Martin Harkin

‘Boxing is ingrained in me’ were the words that stood out in my meeting with boxer Martin Harkin. Despite his dad, Robert, having retired from the fight game by the time Martin was born, it’s safe to say he is no doubt the reason for this. Robert Harkin had a...