Amateur boxer Lewis Benson is ready for battle this weekend as the Scottish Championships preliminary rounds get underway.
The Lochend star, 22, goes into the event as reigning 64kg champion having defeated Craigmillar’s Jason Easton at Meadowbank in the final last year.
But having made the decision to move up to 69kg with the realisation that club-mate Josh Taylor is a stick on to be selected for Scotland in this summer’s Commonwealth Games at 64kg, Benson appreciates he must now show his worth in new territory if he is to join Taylor in representing his country in Glasgow in July.
“This is it,” Benson said. “I’m going in all guns blazing and I’m going to beat everything that’s put in front of me. There’s been a lot of hype around the Scottish Championships and I’m ready to go for it. I am not accepting defeat from anyone.
“I’ve trained 100 per cent for this. Win this and I’m going to the Commonwealth Games. I’m going to prove I can become champion at whatever weight division I am at.”
The Scotstoun Sports Complex in Glasgow promises to be a hub for some intense action in the ring this weekend before the competition resumes on March 15 with the semi-finals. The finals will be staged at the Emirates Arena on Friday, March 28.
Some of the city’s other boxers tipped to shine this weekend are Clovenstone’s Ryan McCutcheon, Jason Easton of Craigmillar, and Lochend’s big guns of Josh Taylor, Aston Brown, Kevin Skey and Stephen Tiffney.