Brian Forsyth is ready to prove a point as Amateur Boxing Association Scotland hosts Edinburgh versus Manchester at the Usher Hall tonight.
Forsyth, a 2012 Scottish champion at 81kg, is still reeling from being forbidden from competing in this year’s Scottish Championships after Boxing Scotland blocked his participation for his part in previous bouts for promoter Bradley Welsh’s registered charity.
The 27-year-old said: “Boxing Scotland are just trying to rule against the amateur rulings. How can they stop a guy boxing who has won the championships before? How can they ban me from taking part in the exact same sport, but just under a different banner? It’s just a farce and if your face doesn’t fit then you’ve no chance.”
Forsyth was part of the victorious Capital team that ousted opponents Glasgow in September last year and is again ready to embrace the challenge of what he perceives as being a much sterner test tonight.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Forsyth admitted. “This might be my last one before turning pro this year, but if we get Edinburgh Castle for the next one then I’d definitely like to do that.
“The atmosphere is really good at the Usher Hall so I’m sure it will be the same tonight. I think they [Manchester] will be harder than Glasgow as they’ve got more gyms and facilities down there for training, but I can’t see it being a problem for us. We’ve got the talent and the drive to beat them.”
Forsyth was keen to highlight the efforts of promoter Welsh, who he says works tirelessly in an attempt to exploit a gap in the market in Edinburgh.
“Bradley deserves credit for the shows he puts on with the video productions and what have you,” he said. “There has been some tough criticism from other people, but we’re just trying to bring boxing back to Edinburgh.
“He definitely deserves a wee bit more recognition for what he does and the fact is that these other people don’t like it because they’ve not come up with the ideas themselves.”
There are still some limited £10 and £15 tickets available for the upper circle for tonight’s event. Tickets can be purchased by phoning the box office on 0131 228 1155.