I’ll be fighting next on the MGM Scotland Promotions show on September 5th at the Meadowbank Sports Centre, which will feature over six Edinburgh boxers including former WBC Silver International cruiserweight champion, Stephen Simmons and unbeaten super-middleweight prospect, David Brophy.
It made me realise that we have some great talent up here right now and I’m proud to be a part of it.
I was recently interviewed by British Boxing News and asked to give my list of top 10 Scottish boxers and I’d like to share my list with you to celebrate our country’s boxing heroes.
10. Walter McGowan (32-7-1) Flyweight
McGowan became World flyweight champ in 1966 and became the first Scottish World boxing champion to be privileged in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
9.Kenny Anderson (18-1) Super-middleweight
Commonwealth Games light-heavyweight gold medallist and commonly regarded as the most successful amateur Scottish boxer since Dick McTaggart MBE, winning eight international gold medals and the British super-middleweight title as a pro.
8.Paul Appleby (19-6) Lightweight
He was the youngest ever British featherweight champion aged 20-years-old. He spent his first three years and 14 fights undefeated and took the title from John Simpson and defended it against Esham Pickering.
7.Willie Limond (38-4) Light-welterweight
6.Jim Watt (38-8) Lightweight
The Glaswegian southpaw became the World lightweight champion in 1979 and held off several challengers to his crown. Watt put it all together late at a record of 26-7, his future looked rather ordinary before beating a slew of top Europeans to establish his world class credentials.
5.Ricky Burns (37-5-1) Lightweight
‘Rickster’ is a former two-weight world champion from Coatbridge. He held both the WBO World lightweight and super-featherweight titles and challenged for British and European honours and is still active today.
4.Scott Harrison (27-3-2) Featherweight
‘The Real McCoy’ is a former World boxing featherweight champion and the first Scot to ever regain the WBO World championship.
3.Benny Lynch (88-14-17) Flyweight
One of the greatest flyweights of all-time, reigning in the late 1930’s. A former World flyweight champion from Gorbals and quite often rated top of the pile on other’s lists.
2.Alex Arthur (31-3) Super-featherweight
Quite simply, amazing! He became the WBO World super-featherweight champion in 2007 and also won the British, Commonwealth, and European titles.
1.Ken Buchanan (61-8) Lightweight
Widely regarded by many as Scotland’s greatest boxer, the 5ft 7” lightweight from Edinburgh became the undisputed World lightweight champion when he beat Hall of Famer, Ismael Laguna in 1970.
I would be delighted to be able to add my name to this group one day. I’ll certainly try my hardest and I’m extremely grateful to every incredible athlete in this list for inspiring me every day.
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