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
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.
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.
Shona Robison will be among the dignitaries gathered to witness this huge
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
“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.
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.
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.
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
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)