Boxing boss blown away by raucous Meadowbank crowd

Lewis Benson was among the winning boxers at Meadowbank last weekend. Pic: Toby Williams
Lewis Benson was among the winning boxers at Meadowbank last weekend. Pic: Toby Williams
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MGM Scotland boxing promoter Sam Kynoch admits he was blown away by the atmosphere generated at Meadowbank on Saturday night as he and his team launched their inaugural Capital show “New Era”.

A vibrant 1200-capacity crowd was treated to eight bouts that included wins for hometown favourites Stephen Simmons, Tommy Philbin, Stephen Tiffney, Lewis Benson, John Thain and Lee Redpath – Brian Forsyth just coming up short with a 39-39 draw.

With a return to the Capital venue already pencilled in for Saturday, December 5, Kynoch believes his vision for professional boxing in the city is beginning to fall into place.

Reflecting on Saturday’s event, he said: “It was just brilliant how vocal the crowd were. The noise was unbelievable. We had our debut show at Bellahouston in Glasgow in June but the west of Scotland boxing fans really need to up their game in light of how good it was at Meadowbank.

“It bodes so well for the December show and we’ll be using the bigger hall which can accommodate 2600. The big difference is not just the capacity being bigger but it’s going to be an Edinburgh-heavy bill once again. We’ll be marketing the event really well so we know we’ve a lot of work ahead of us.

“We’re looking to have some titles on that one, so that adds a different dimension to the night. We’re looking to up the level again. We’ve already had a lot of demand for tickets so we’re hoping to have them on sale by the start of next week.”