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I was very proud of my best pal Craig McEwan winning his fight in the first round last weekend at the Lagoon Leisure Club in Paisley.
He put his opponent down with a cracking body shot in the opening round and he just couldn’t recover from it forcing referee Lee Murtagh to stop the fight at just 2 minutes and 29 seconds in.
Craig and I grew up together in Wester Hailes and he was the person that first introduced me to boxing all those years ago when I was just 11-years-old.
We have both been working hard in the gym together for our respective fights and I’m pleased that his one went so well and it’s spurred me on even more for my fight on the first weekend of September in Edinburgh.
I’ll be appearing at the famous Meadowbank Stadium where my boxing idol Alex Arthur once fought Michael Gomez for the British and WBA Inter-Continental super-featherweight titles in an historic night of Scottish boxing in October 2003.
That epic encounter was the first professional boxing card in the city of Edinburgh for almost 20 years and top boxing promoter Frank Warren called the fight, “The greatest contest seen on these shores since Nigel Benn beat Gerald McClellan in 1995.”
I’m honoured to be on the show because it’s a massive stage and it’s steeped in history. It’s definitely the number one venue in Edinburgh, without a doubt.
Not only that, the last time that the venue was used to stage a boxing event was on Saturday 14th April 2012 when Arthur staged his self-promoted, ‘Homecoming’ event for the return my pal Craig McEwan to Edinburgh.
I was there that night and it was his first fight in Britain after boxing for years in America. He fought Paul Morby in April 2012 and won every round on points.
He fought there again later that same year and knocked out a decent Polish boxer in the second round.
I’m probably not going to be used to the size of the venue as I’ve been boxing in social clubs so far but I’m really looking forward to it especially as it’s in my hometown so I’ve got a big crowd coming.
I’ve sold over 100 tickets already and there’s seven other boxers and some big names on the bill such as Stephen Simmons and David Brophy so it will be a sellout show.
I’ve now just got a new website up and running which has the facility to purchase tickets from so please take a look – www.leeredpath.co.uk.
After watching Craig do so well and entertain the crowds, I’m really keen to put on a good show and to thank everyone for buying tickets to support me on the night.
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