Scotland’s world champion boxer Ricky Burns says Glasgow’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is a knockout.
Burns, who will defend his WBO lightweight title against the unbeaten Jose Gonzalez at the £113million Emirates Arena this Saturday, believes Glasgow’s sports facilities would be the perfect home for the world’s largest multi-sport event for young people. If Glasgow is chosen as host city for the 2018 YOG the boxing competition will be held at the SECC.
The Scottish born fighter, who defeated Roman Martinez at the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena in September 2010 to win his first ever WBO title, wants to see the next generation of boxers in action in Glasgow in 2018.
He said: "I'm proud to be backing Glasgow's bid to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. It is great to see young people being given opportunities to reach their potential and that is what the Youth Olympic Games is all about.
“It would be great to see the young boxers of the future here in Glasgow in 2018. We have some great venues that could be used. It was always a dream of mine to be in the ring and I hope other young boxers get the chance to realise their dreams in Glasgow in 2018.
“I can’t wait to get out there at the Emirates Arena on Saturday. It is a great venue and I am sure the fans will love it. Since the fight was announced the response we have had has been unbelievable.
“I know I have the best fans in the world and I am looking forward to putting on a show for them. Competing in Scotland is such a unique experience. The passion and support from the fans is up there with the very best in the world.”
Burns joins a growing list of high profile supporters of the Glasgow 2018 bid. Others include Britain’s greatest ever Olympian and six-time gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, Glasgow’s Olympic silver medal winning swimmer Michael Jamieson, Britain’s most successful female rower and Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger CBE and Prime Minister David Cameron.
Glasgow 2018 Bid Director Paul Bush said: “Ricky Burns’s performances in the ring have been inspirational, showing what can be achieved through skill, commitment and sheer hard work. He is an example to young sportsmen and women looking to get to the top of their game.”
Tickets for Betfair’s ‘Fighting Pride of Scotland’ are on sale now. Tickets are priced £40 upper tier, £60 lower tier and floor seats, £100 ringside and £200 VIP (all tickets subject to booking fee). Tickets are available through the Emirates Arena at www.emiratesarena.co.uk, Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and by phone on 0141 353 8000. Tickets will also be available from the Emirates Arena Box Office from 10am on Saturday.