Boxing: Stephen Tiffney spurred on by packed crowd

Lewis Benson, Stephen Simmons, Thomas Dickson, Ross Henderson and Stephen Tiffney will all fight at Meadowbank on Saturday. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Lewis Benson, Stephen Simmons, Thomas Dickson, Ross Henderson and Stephen Tiffney will all fight at Meadowbank on Saturday. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Featherweight boxer Stephen Tiffney admits he is relishing the opportunity to box in front of more than 2000 fans at Meadowbank on Saturday.

The Newtongrange fighter will contest his second bout since joining the professional ranks with MGM Scotland in June, a successful debut at Meadowbank in September ending in a first-round stoppage of Lithuania’s Aivaras Balsys.

Tiffney, 27, stars in MGM’s ‘Edinburgh Fight Night’ show this weekend, a crowd of up to 2600 expected for the ten-bout bill that includes Stephen Simmons, Lewis Benson, Tommy Philbin and Brian Forsyth.

“This is going to be amazing and will be the biggest crowd I’ve boxed in front of,” an excited Tiffney said. “The last one in September was incredible and with this being the bigger hall and more people inside, I can’t wait.

“I think every boxer gets a wee bit nervous before every fight, but you enjoy it more. But the crowd spur you on and I could even hear my own fans when I was waiting in the changing room beforehand at the last one.”

Tiffney will face Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain on Saturday and is looking for a similar performance to the devastating display he inflicted on Balsys in September, when he stopped the eastern European inside two minutes of the first bell.

“I had two weeks off after my last fight so I’ve always been in the gym since then,” Tiffney said. “This guy [Hussain] I’m fighting is quite tough. He fought Lewis 
Paulin on Josh Taylor’s show last month and he hasn’t been stopped a lot. But I’m looking to impress again and I’m definitely going for the stoppage again if I can.”

Meanwhile, Craigmillar’s Jason Easton registered his third win in the paid ranks with a points victory over Stockport’s Jamie Quinn at Bellahouston Leisure Centre in Glasgow on Friday night.

Lightweight Easton, 24, turned in a solid display winning each of his four rounds and is set to box again in February.

• Tickets for Edinburgh Fight Night on December 5 are priced at £40, £60 and £100 and are available from Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.uk/MGM) or via any of the boxers on the bill.