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Harkin triumphs at St Andrews Sporting Club’s Burns Supper

The skirl of the bagpipes could be heard from blocks away as we approached the Radisson Blu in Glasgow on Thursday [January 30]. At the doors of the hotel stood the female piper, welcoming revellers to the Burns Night Boxing Supper by St. Andrews Sporting Club. It was...

Martin Harkin: “He’ll need to shoot me to beat me!”

It was a miserable Thursday evening; I had just done a ten-hour shift and felt tired. Rain was battering the windscreen and it was dark already. I was thinking it was the kind of night to head home, get the feet up and watch Netflix but I had committed to going to see...

Burt: “These opportunities make all the sacrifices worth it.”

Breaking away from the Scottish boxing scene and getting an opportunity to become known across the whole of Britain can prove difficult. With limited opportunities and platforms available north of the border, boxers are often reliant on patience, making their way up...

Scottish boxing review, 2019

It's that time of year again when we all receive pairs of Wilson socks, put on a stone from living exclusively off chocolate and bevy, and every boxing media outlet publishes its annual awards. It's our turn, as our three team members share their reflections on an...

McGregor v Farooq: Ringside report

Scottish boxing fans will often reminisce on the big nights in the country over the years and despite some huge nights at the Hydro involving Josh Taylor and Ricky Burns, it’s not often those events that they re-count. Those from the East of Scotland will speak of...

Farooq v McGregor Preview

The boxing world’s attention was on Japan last week as we witnessed Naoya Inoue crowned the best bantamweight in the world. And the division will receive the spotlight once again this weekend as we head to the Emirates arena in Glasgow to clarify the best 118lb...

Reflections on white collar boxing

Motivation We all know it will come one day. It's one of life's cruel certainties, but despite the morbid inevitably, you're never prepared for that phone call. I was sitting in IT training on a bright summer morning, longing for an excuse not to be there. The...

Nathaniel Collins ready for first title shot

Nathaniel Collins (5-0) returns to the Paisley Lagoon Centre on Saturday, exactly a year after making his debut in the same venue. This time for an equally big occasion, as he takes on Monty Ogilvie (9-0) in the headline bout for the Celtic super-featherweight title,...

Liam Conroy: strength and conditioning special

Boxing, like many sports, has evolved massively over the past couple of decades. Although the fundamentals will always remain at the forefront of the game, the introduction of sports science and strength and conditioning has exploded, challenging conventional wisdom...

Match Report: St Andrews SC, 19 September 2019

Last week Scottish boxing fans were treated to the exciting news that the much talked about clash between Scottish bantamweights, Kash Farooq vs Lee McGregor, would be taking place in November for the British and Commonwealth titles. One man that knows the two very...

Domestic clash brewing between Burt and Sutherland

Scottish boxers have become more social media savy in recent years. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are platforms used to sell tickets, display impressive training footage, and entice sponsorship. And we're also seeing a rise in fights being made, sparked by - usually...

Callen McAulay to face former Scottish champ, Laskowski

Callen McAulay returns to the ring on August 17th as part of the Kash Farooq vs Duane Winters card, and will take on former Scottish champion, Marek Laskowski. This will be the Paisley boxer's first fight since his impressive first round stoppage on the MTK show in...

Callen McAulay: hardwork, education

The stresses of being a professional boxer are well documented, from the endless hours of training, strict dieting, ticket sales and weight cuts. If you speak to a university student you will hear a different set of worries about studying, classes, dissertations and...

Christine Morrison – The first Lady of Scottish Boxing?

“I’m not even sure why you want to talk to me, I’ve not got much to say” was her opening line. Christine Morrison then went on to chat for around an hour and a half giving her thoughts on boxing and her life growing up around it alongside her sister and father Alex....

Kamil Sokolowski: rebel with a cause

All fighters dream of becoming a champion, believing that it takes a mix of ability, hard work and luck. A reasonable assumption on the surface, which drives them to commit the best years of their lives to training, often in gruelling conditions. But experience in the...

Harkin wins Celtic title on successful night at Morrisons Promotions

Martin Harkin won the Celtic welterweight title in devastating fashion on Friday night as he knocked out opponent, Ally Black from Kirkintilloch, in the fourth round. The main event was originally scheduled to be a Celtic and Scottish welterweight title bout between...

Jason Easton: worst year of my life

It would be fair to say that Jason Easton has lived a rollercoaster life over the last 12 months or so. From losing his undefeated record in an attempt to win the vacant Commonwealth title, being convicted of assault and losing his boxing licence alongside splitting...

Opportunities await as Murray outclasses Chuwa for title

Ross Murray's face revealed absolute joy and relief as he was crowned WBC international silver champion in Glasgow. Joy as his hard work was rewarded with victory, a famous shiny green belt and world ranking. And relief as, in many ways, the event was life-or-death....

Craig Dickson: Men Behind the Mitts (part one)

“We’re going to have to revoke your licence and recommend you don’t box again - we’ve found a query in your brain scan". The words no boxer wants to hear on the other end of the phone. Craig Dickson had been preparing to return to the ring in hopes of working towards...

Gary Young: always learning

Gary Young has seen a lot over the years, from being a stand out amateur to moving into the professional game and then working out of the Wild Card Gym in LA only to be told by Freddie Roach he wouldn’t quite make it at the top level. Gary did go on to become a...

Taylor crowned champion in one of Scotland’s finest ever nights

Glasvegas - a blend of Glasgow and Las Vegas - was a popular term last decade, but it never really rang true. It was more of a playful, ironic nod to the differences between the two cities: Glasgow's cultural life burst through from its gritty industrial tradition;...

Lee McGregor: looking for a big year

A tattoo across his right arm shows a picture of a clock, a stark reminder that time can pass you by, particularly in this game. It seemed fitting then that we discussed the last seven months of inactivity from “Lightning” Lee McGregor who admitted he was relieved to...

Sensational Sutherland and Stuart secure titles!

It was a raucous atmosphere at the Doubletree Hilton in Aberdeen for the the Northern Sporting Club show in a joint promotion with Sam Kynoch which had 5 bouts on offer.Topping the bill was Dean Sutherland fighting for his first title, the BUI Celtic strap against...

Farooq retains British title as big fights beckon

British title challenger, Kyle Williams, predicted that maturity would be decisive in his fight with current champion, Glasgow's Kash Farooq. He was correct in that assessment, but - unfortunately for the Wolverhampton man - it was Farooq, the younger fighter by four...

Corey McCulloch: “going pro has changed my life.”

"I’m a changed man", he smiled; "I’ll even get the coffees!" Corey McCulloch is the latest boxer from Arbroath to turn professional. We met up to discuss his debut on the 4th May at the Northern Sporting Club show in conjunction with Kynoch Promotions at the...

Match Report: Kynoch Boxing, Paisley, 4 April 2019

We've been spoiled as boxing fans in recent years. There's been an abundance of championship fights held in packed arenas broadcasted to our screens most weekends of the year. That is the pinnacle of the sport and every fighter's ultimate dream. But before it can be...

Match report: MTK Global, Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 22 March 2019

For the second week in a row, Scottish boxing fight cards took a beating before the opening bell. After St Andrews Sporting Club suffered a late pull out on Martin Harkin’s headline title bout, this week it was MTK Global's turn. The card was set to be topped by a...

Pullouts & call-offs: most painful fights happen outside the ring

Third time, unlucky! The referee had just raised Martin Harkin’s hand in victory after an impressive stoppage of journeyman, Miguel Aguilar, back in January. An excitable crowd at the Burns Night Extravaganza listened as boxing announcer, Craig Stephen, declared the...

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...

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...

Enzo Calzaghe: one of a kind

Enzo calzaghe, one of a kind Tribute by Craig Cameron The very sad news was released yesterday that Enzo Calzaghe had passed which has seen tributes flood in from the boxing world for the legendary trainer. The Sardinian born trainer guided his son Joe...

Kieran Smith: back to business

Kieran smith: back to business Back in 2016, at the age of 23, Kieran Smith spectacularly knocked out his opponent within 18 seconds of the first round. It was live on Sky Sports on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ victory over Kiryl Relikh. The finish was...

David Brophy: the road to recovery

David brophy: the road to recovery David Brophy has just embarked on his first training camp in over ten months. It can be a daunting time for fighters as they contemplate the weeks of physical and mental pain ahead. But Brophy looks focused as he winds...

Opinion: in defence of bellew

Opinion: in defence of bellew Tony Bellew is a divisive figure in boxing. That’s probably a polite way of saying lots of people think he’s a prick. The Liverpudlian is brash, self-righteous, hypocritical. He’s been the archetypal loud mouth at times:...

Opinion: haye’s revenge by @craigglovesred

Opinion: haye’s revenge by @craigglovesred It was Saturday 3rd April 2010 and I was travelling down to Manchester to attend my first major boxing event at the M.E.N arena with my brother. David Haye, the fifth British born World Heavyweight Champion was...

Simmons announces retirement plans, but first has history to make

Simmons announces retirement plans, but first has history to make It’s not usually a good idea for competitors to announce their retirement in advance. It can suggest weakness, distract and undermine credibility. Sir Alex Ferguson said he was retiring at...

Nelson working with heavyweight prospect martin bakole ilunga

Nelson working with heavyweight prospect martin bakole ilunga Trainer Billy Nelson last week welcomed heavyweight prospect Martin Bakole Ilunga to his growing roster of fighters. And it wasn’t long before he put his new man through his paces at the Airdrie...

Boxing is the reality for tv’s paddy reilly

Boxing is the reality for tv’s paddy reilly We’ve seen reality television stars step into the boxing ring several times in recent years. TOWIE’s Mark Wright and Kirk Norcross slugged it out for charity in 2010, and more recently Lewis Bloor defeated Heavy...

Perth pair ready to build on debut success

Perth pair ready to build on debut success Perth boxers Gary Wilson and Adam Stewart are training hard for their upcoming fights on 10th June at Linwood’s On-X Centre. The pair made impressive starts to their professional boxing careers at the same venue...

Ginnie aiming for more boxing success at hell or high water

Ginnie aiming for more boxing success at hell or high water Not many boxers headline the show on their professional debut. For most, the first encounter in the ring as a pro is a daunting experience where fighters battle their nerves and instincts as much...

Kash Farooq: a reluctant star in the making

Kash farooq: a reluctant star in the making Ukashir Farooq – better known as Kash – is one of Scotland’s most promising and naturally gifted boxers. He’s overwhelmed all of his nine opponents so far with exceptional speed, variety and tenacity. The...

Farooq devastates wilson to win british title in only tenth fight

Farooq devastates wilson to win british title in only tenth fight It was an historic evening in Glasgow (September 27) as two Scotsmen fought for a British title for the first time in a generation. The hosts, St Andrews Sporting Club, are a boxing...

Mcgregor comes of age as bakole breaks down at york hall

Mcgregor comes of age as bakole breaks down at york hall A few eyebrows were raised when Lee McGregor abandoned a flourishing amateur career to turn professional in 2017. Conventional wisdom suggested the young Scot should have stayed in the unpaid ranks...

Taylor cruises past martin to land world title shot

Taylor cruises past martin to land world title shot In the pre-fight documentary to the World Boxing Super Series quarter finals, competitors Josh Taylor and Ryan Martin gave honest accounts of their recent performances. Edinburgh’s Taylor reflected that...

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