Lochend boxer Lewis Benson will step up his bid to make the Commonwealth Games when he represents Scotland tonight in a contest against Norway in Inverurie.
The 69kg fighter faces a battle with Glenrothes’ Connor Law for the coveted place in Team Scotland’s boxing team in Glasgow this summer and is using the bout as preparation for the sport’s national finals, which get under way next month.
Benson, 22, said: “I don’t know much about my opponent, but I’ve trained hard over Christmas. I’ve never been at a tournament with Norway, so I don’t know about their boxing skills. I’m using this as a warm up for the Scottish Championships and will be able to then judge where I am after the fight.
“After tonight, I need to get my head down and train really hard for the Scottish. It’s going to come down to between myself and Connor and we could very well meet in the final of the Scottish Championships. I’m looking to beat anyone I face though because that is really the only way I am going to get to the Commonwealth Games.”
Craigmillar’s Jason Easton is also expected to compete for his country tonight in Aberdeenshire. The 64kg prodigy lost to Benson in last year’s Scottish Championship final at Meadowbank and will be aiming to go one better this time around.