Light middleweight John Thain has put his defeat by Ronnie Heffron firmly behind him as he prepares to step back into the ring for a British title eliminator bout against compatriot Kris Carslaw in Paisley tonight.
The 26-year-old was consigned to the first loss of his professional career in March when he was on the end of a controversial decision to award Liverpool’s Heffron victory – an adjudication that caused some debate in the aftermath.
However, Thain, who now holds a 11-1 record since turning pro in 2010, hasn’t lost any confidence from his minor setback earlier this year and is aiming to set the record straight against home favourite Carslaw tonight.
The Lochend boxer, who is promoted by Frank Warren, said: “I want to come back with a win and show that I am a better fighter and that I have improved from what happened (against Heffron). I’ve put the defeat behind me so it’s time to move on and come out with another win and show that I am stronger for it. It’s the most important fight I’ll have had so far, so I’ve got to perform tonight.
“I need to get the win because it allows me to move on and move up and I want to be a champion. I’m really focused on tonight. It’s an opening to a championship fight but it’s best just focusing on the one fight at the one time.
“He’s (Carslaw) a tricky boxer and is quite experienced as he’s challenged for the British title before. There’s a lot at stake but I want to show that I am better. I know that I am going to have to be at the top of my game.”
Thain is hoping to maintain the feelgood factor around Lochend in the wake of club-mate Josh Taylor’s exploits last month when he won Commonwealth gold in Glasgow. He added: “Even in the lead-up to the Games it was amazing because the guys were training in the gym. There’s always a great atmosphere but everyone at the club is extremely proud of Josh because he was so disappointed winning silver four years ago. He’s made it right this time and it was amazing to see him with the medal he wanted.”