Tommy Philbin keen to showcase talents to wider audience

Picture Toby Williams 07920841392. Fight Night from Meadowbank. Tommy Philbin in the black shorts beats Luke Allon on points.
Picture Toby Williams 07920841392. Fight Night from Meadowbank. Tommy Philbin in the black shorts beats Luke Allon on points.
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Edinburgh light heavyweight boxer Tommy Philbin says he is looking forward to showing the rest of Scotland what he can do.

The 26-year-old MGM fighter, who has an unblemished record since switching to the paid ranks last summer, faces Englishman Chris Nixon tonight at the Bellahouston Sports Centre searching for his fifth victory.

Saturday 7th of May 2016: MGM Scotland Promotions Boxing at Meadowbank.
Thomas Dickson defeats Youssef Al Hamidi

Saturday 7th of May 2016: MGM Scotland Promotions Boxing at Meadowbank. Thomas Dickson defeats Youssef Al Hamidi

Philbin has fought all four of his previous bouts here in the Capital at Meadowbank and is viewing tonight as an opportunity to showcase his talent to a wider audience.

“Tonight is a good one for me. A ring is a ring and have I’ve boxed all over the world as an amateur so it will be good to show people in Glasgow exactly what I can do now,” Philbin explained. “All the guys I’ve fought before have been survivors, but this guy comes to fight so hopefully he will leave himself open and I can catch him. I’m expecting he’ll throw a lot of shots.

“I’ll approach tonight exactly the way I normally do. It doesn’t make a difference to me what he brings. I’m really prepared again as I’m always at the gym and ready to go.”

Thomas Dickson is also searching for his fifth win as a pro fighter tonight when he goes toe-to-toe with Ibrar Riyaz.

Dickson, also 26, was less than complimentary about his last performance in May despite getting the win over Youssef Al Hamidi and is hoping for a better display tonight.

“I’m really excited for this fight and can’t wait to get back in the ring and go for win number five,” Dickson said. “Ibar’s not going to run like the guy I fought last time. He’s going to stand up and fight and that’s what I want. I want to be challenged as that’s what will make me a better boxer. I’m still early in my career. This is only my fifth pro bout and I’ve not really had a break since making the step up.

“The camp has had its challenges as unfortunately both of my coaches will be away tonight but it’s not them who are in the ring. They’ve been with me so we’ve discussed tactics and both myself and the team feel that I’ve prepared as best as I can.”