Boxing: John Thain back after much-needed break

John Thain fights Chris Jenkinson tonight. Pic: SNS

John Thain fights Chris Jenkinson tonight. Pic: SNS

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Light middleweight boxer John Thain admits he needed a break from the sport after suffering back-to-back defeats last year.

After recording 11 straight victories since switching to the pro ranks in 2010, the 27-year-old lost on points to Liverpool’s Ronnie Heffron before Kris Carslaw inflicted his second defeat in the space of just six months in September’s British title-eliminator bout in Paisley.

But after what he described as enjoying some much needed time off to reflect on those setbacks, the Edinburgh fighter will make his return to the ring tonight in MGM Scotland’s inaugural show at the Bellahouston Sports Centre in Glasgow.

Ahead of his clash with England’s Chris Jenkinson, Thain said: “I’ve taken a good break so I feel revitalised. I needed to as it was well overdue so I can now focus more on being successful. They were two close fights that I lost last year and they weren’t especially bad performances either.

“I should have taken a break after the first defeat to Ronnie Heffron but came straight back into things which wasn’t the right thing to do, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. I was chasing another victory and it didn’t happen.”

Thain was forthcoming in complimenting MGM for their vision of boxers in Scotland.

“It’s fantatsic what they are doing,” he said. “It’s needed to happen. On Wednesday we had Ken Buchanan in the gym and even when he was world champion, he only had four fights in Scotland and never even got the chance to 
defend his title, which wasn’t his fault, but we need the big fight nights back here again.

“I feel this could be the start of something for myself so I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring tonight.

“Chris is a tough boxer but I’ve missed the feeling of winning and I want that back tonight. I want those feelings again so I’m hungry for it.

“I need to get back winning often now that I’ve had some time off.

“I’ve got plans to move down to welterweight so I think that could be good for me as well.”