Boxing: Paul Appleby to make his return

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Edinburgh super-featherweight boxer Paul Appleby will make his long-awaited comeback when he steps into the ring on the Ricky Burns undercard early next month.

The 26-year-old hasn’t fought since June last year when he announced he would be taking an indefinite break from the sport after losing his Celtic super-featherweight title to John Simpson, the same opponent he overcame in 2008 to become Scotland’s youngest ever professional British champion aged just 20.

His form became inconsistent after relinquishing his title to Northern Ireland’s Martin Lindsay in Belfast in April 2009. However, he did regain the title in March last year against Stephen Ormond before his defeat to Simpson in June.

The opponent he will face on Saturday, September 7 at the SECC is yet to be confirmed, but Appleby will be looking to grasp the opportunity that has presented itself as he bids to get his career back on track.