Boxer Brian Forsyth brings down the curtain on his amateur career tonight when he competes for Edinburgh against Liverpool at the Usher Hall.
The Capital’s English opponents will make the journey north in what marks the fifth event promoted by Amateur Boxing Association Scotland since its inaugural tournament three years ago when London where the visitors to Princes Street Gardens.
However, Forsyth, who turns 28 tomorrow, is ready to experience one more triumph in the ring before making the jump to the professional circuit – a move he can’t wait to experience.
Disclosing Promoter Alex Morrison as a likely candidate, Forsyth said: “I don’t feel as if there is a challenge for me any more in the amateurs. I’ve achieved everything that I have needed to so it’s now time to step up to the big league.
“I’ve enjoyed my amateur career, the bitter part was being banned from Amateur Boxing Scotland [after they claimed he took part in an unregistered bout], but when I was fighting under their banner it was phenomenal. It’s a chance that I’ll never have again but hopefully I can go better in the pro game.”
Now training at Bradley Welsh’s Holyrood Boxing Gym on Gorgie Road, Forsyth admits he lived out his dream of becoming a Scottish Championship when he won the title in 2012 fighting at light heavyweight.
“Winning the Scottish title was always my dream and I managed that,” he said. “I had always wanted to win that title ever since I was wee so that was great.
“But moving into pro, my aim has to be a British title and if I can get beyond that then it would be a bonus. I certainly think it’s achievable.
“I feel I am a year too late and should have went last year but looking back on it now, there’s nothing I can change. I’ve had the chance to go and box in Greece this year and that was great. I think I will be a bit emotional at the end of it all but it’s time for a step up now and time to get myself moving. I’m not getting any younger as I’m 28 tomorrow!”
Forsyth is predicting a home victory for the 2300-capacity crowd expected at the Usher Hall tonight.
He added: “I’m confident we’ll win. I’ve been really pushing myself in the gym the last six or seven weeks and haven’t had any days off training. I feel fit, strong and ready. I usually perform on the night.”
But promoter Welsh has paired the retiring amateur with a formidable test in Liverpool’s Jamie Jones. “He’s fighting a guy with a fantastic record,” Welsh said. “Jones will be a tough, tough fight for Brian so if he’s wanting to step to the pros then he needs to show what he’s got.”