Plans for battle at Castle unveiled for city boxers

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Amateur Boxing Association Scotland promoter Bradley Welsh has hailed the latest home victory in front of a sold-out Usher Hall on Friday night where Edinburgh’s boxers beat Liverpool 6-3.

It was the fourth time the venue off Lothian Road has held the Edinburgh versus the World series, following on from the successful launch in Princes Street Gardens in September 2011 when London were the visitors to the Capital.

However, with a burning desire to take the event to a much larger scale, Welsh disclosed discussions are progressing well in the hope of London’s pugilists returning north for a duel next summer within the grounds of Edinburgh Castle.

“I’ve been working on this for about two years and pulling together the different elements so we’re really hopeful of making a go of it,” said Welsh. “We’ve held events at Princes Street Gardens and the Usher Hall so this is where we want to go next. There’s only a couple of windows of opportunity to do it next summer so we are close to it. It has been a dream and I really think the people of Edinburgh would take to it.

“A sporting event always pulls people together and engages the communities of Edinburgh. We just feel that the perfect way to showcase boxing, in what is a Commonwealth and Olympic sport, is through hosting it at the Castle.”

Amateur Boxing Association Scotland, a registered charity, now has six gyms set up throughout the city with plans to increase that figure to ten in due course. Hosting such a spectacle will boost the proceeds that will be donated to a number of children’s charities.

Welsh added: “All the money made will go through an organisation called Spifox where it will go to kids’ charities. We will also try and engage in the business community to get support on board – who wouldn’t be inspired by that? We want to give the people of the city just this one day.

“Our remit is also to open a boxing gym in every community in Edinburgh which we are progressing with. It’s been work in progress but we’re 
getting there.”