Boxing match planned to boost Ken Buchanan statue bid

Former world lightweight champion Ken Buchanan
Former world lightweight champion Ken Buchanan
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Efforts to erect a statue to Edinburgh ring legend Ken Buchanan in the Capital have received a further boost.

Plans to stage an annual fundraiser in the form of a senior amateur international boxing match between Scotland-England have been unveiled. The venture has the backing of the governing bodies of Scottish and English amateur boxing, Boxing Scotland and the ABA and is being driven by the foundation set up by a group of Buchanan’s admirers. Midlands-based promoter Scott Murray has also been persuaded by the 72-year-old former world lightweight champion’s lifelong friend and former fighter Owen Smith to become involved in the venture. The son of a Scot, Murray said: “The plan is to stage an annual tournament on a home-and-away basis for the Ken Buchanan trophy and all profits will go towards the cost of a statue. We are hoping to stage the inaugural tournament on November 30, which also happens to be St Andrew’s Day, at my Premier Suite venue in Staffordshire.”