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It's Countdown Time to Knockout Finals at the Emirates Arena

21/03/2014
Scotland’s best boxers are counting down to the fight of their lives at Glasgow’s newest sports arena - with national titles and elite Commonwealth Games places all on the line.

 

The Scottish Championships have seen boxers from over 100 Boxing Scotland-affiliated clubs across the country clashing in their quest to secure their own place in history at the world-class Emirates Arena.

 

Now we’re just days away from the exciting finale on Friday March 28, and there’s never been more at stake with tickets selling fast.

 

Last weekend’s Semi-Finals saw only the best 24 boxers going through to the Emirates where they will get the chance to fight it out for the title of Scottish Champion in their respective weight categories.

 

However, on March 28 they will not only be boxing for national recognition, but will also be using the event as an opportunity to fight their way into contention for Team Scotland ahead of the hugely-anticipated Commonwealth Games this summer.

 

With a capacity crowd of over 5,000 expected at the cutting edge east end venue, the Finals will be the biggest boxing championships of their kind ever to hit Scotland, not to mention the UK.

 

Sports Minister Shona Robison will be among the dignitaries gathered to witness this huge event. 

 

Boxing Scotland elite and Commonwealth Games hopeful, Edinburgh’s Lewis Benson will face close friend Connor Law as they contest the 69kg Final – but he insists that personal loyalties will go out of the window.

 

He said: “It is hugely exciting to make the Finals with so much at stake in what’s sure to be an electric atmosphere.

 

“We thought that last year’s championship at Meadowbank was big, but it’s clear that the spectacle of the Emirates will go way beyond that. If the event is a sell-out then it will represent the pinnacle of my career so far.

 

“Facing Connor against that incredible backdrop will make it even more fascinating for many, but it doesn’t change the fact that I desperately want my next title - I won’t let our friendship stand in the way of that.

 

“Being crowned Scottish Champion at the Emirates would be an amazing feat, and would certainly play a part in the selection process for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, so that’s my only consideration.

 

“All the boxers know what a win could mean for their future boxing careers - Team Scotland is now the ultimate prize. It’s also a huge opportunity to show what we’ve got in front of the home crowd, and we won’t want to disappoint.”

 

The Finals will see 12 fights - across a range of categories from lightweight to ultra heavyweight - taking place, providing a dramatic conclusion to the eight-week journey.

 

Richard Thomas, chairman of Boxing Scotland, said: “It’s crunch time for our best boxers as they attempt to show what truly exceptional talents they are. It’s also an unmissable, action-packed night for boxing fans with so much on the line.

 

“The Championships have gone gone from strength-to-strength, and this year’s event is undoubtedly the pinnacle. The run-up has been incredible, but the Finals will be on an entirely different scale.

 

“The biggest Championship in our biggest sporting year, with titles up for grabs and the Commonwealth Games within arm’s reach too – the stakes don’t get much higher.”

 

The running order for the Championship Finals will see the following match-ups contested:

 

Male 52kg Final – Reece McFadden (Forgewood) v Ryan McCutcheon (Clovenstone)

 

Male 56kg Final – Joe Ham (Hayfield) v Brandon Singh (Denbeath)

 

Female 57kg Final – Farah Jamill (Bellahouston) v Sinead Price Greene (Doonhammers)

 

Female 60kg Final – Katie Atkin (Lochend) v Lynn Calder (Springhill)

 

Male 60kg Final – Charlie Flynn (Glasgow Phoenix) v Mark McKeown (Keir Hardie)

 

Male 64kg Final – Josh Taylor (Lochend) v Sam Ball (Greenock)

 

Female 69kg Final – Gardner Moore (Heriot Watt) v Gemma Brodie (Renfrewshire)

 

Male 69kg Final – Connor Law (Glenrothes) v Lewis Benson (Lochend)

 

Male 75kg Final – Aston Brown (Lochend) v Kieran Smith (Springhill)

 

Male 81kg Final – Scott Forrest (Springhill) v Grant Quigley (Port Glasgow)

 

Male 91kg Final – Gary Fairgrieve (East Lothian) v Stephen Lavelle (Hayfield)

 

Male 91+kg Final – John Winters (Kincorth) v Ross Henderson (Springhill)

 

Tickets for the Scottish Boxing Championships at The Emirates Arena are available direct from Boxing Scotland on 0845 450 1790, with special offers available to member clubs.

 

They are also be available online at www.tickets-scotland.com

 

Alternatively, telephone Tickets Scotland on 0141 204 5151, or call in person at 237 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL, open 9am - 6pm (7pm Thursdays), and 12pm - 5pm Sundays.

Tickets are priced £15 (upper bowl)/£20 (lower bowl)/£30 ringside and £60 (corporate)​

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