Amateur Boxing Association Scotland promoter Bradley Welsh doesn’t believe he nor his team receive the recognition they deserve for putting on what he labels as the “biggest amateur boxing event in Europe” when Edinburgh take on Newcastle tonight at the Usher Hall.
This evening’s show represents the next instalment in the Edinburgh vs the World series, with the Geordies in town this weekend in a bid to try and upset the home favourites.
But for Welsh, who has been organising the series since it’s inception in 2011 where London were the visitors to Princes Street Gardens, the former Scottish amateur champion is of the view their work has largely gone unnoticed despite the crowds the events have drawn these past few years.
“This is the biggest amateur boxing event in Europe,” Welsh said. “There are over 2400 people attending the Usher Hall and you didn’t even have that at the Commonwealth Games last year in Glasgow. I’ve checked it out and that includes European Championships, everything, even the Olympics down in London in 2012 there wasn’t that amount of people.
“I feel we don’t get the credit that’s due, which is a real shame because we’ve got local laddies taking part in the biggest event in Europe and that’s what our remit is, is to inspire and empower people. We’ve got guys from novice, intermediate right through to elite boxers fighting. There are £10 tickets still available in the upper circle but that’s it and that’s the same as every other year. I don’t know what else I can do to make people stand up and take notice.”
On tonight’s visiting opponents Newcastle, Welsh is expecting a stern test right across the board.
“I think Newcastle are going to pose the toughest test that we’ve had since we started,” Welsh said.
“On paper there are a lot of tough bouts in there so our guys can expect a good opponent. But that’s what it’s all about, giving the crowd some real good competitive fights. We’ve got our second-string boxers who are also making a step up so they’ll want to shine as well. Our team has been picked demographically to represent all the different areas and boxing gyms of Edinburgh.
“We’ve got some special guests attending tonight, including Irvine Welsh, so I like to present it as a celebration of Edinburgh.”