Jason Easton from the Craigmillar club is the latest Edinburgh boxer to announce he is turning professional.
The 23-year-old, who lost to Lewis Benson in this year’s Scottish Championship 64kg final, is expected to split his time between boxing in his home country and the north east of England. He will, however, continue to work under the guidance of Craigmillar coach Kenny McCartney while dropping to part-time with his job in roof construction.
His first bout is scheduled for Saturday, September 5, at Ravenscraig Sports Complex just outside Motherwell.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a wee while now,” Easton said. “It was either turn pro now or try for the next Commonwealth Games in 2018. But I don’t want to be waiting around until then so I’d rather be training as much as I can and getting fights under my belt.
“I’ll be fighting at Ravenscraig in September for my debut and then the Stadium of Light in Sunderland two weeks later. Kenny is still going to be my coach, Billy Nelson will be my manager so I’m slowly beginning to build my team. I’m going to be working under two promoters really, Saltire Promotions as well as a promoter based in Newcastle.
“The plan is to fight at super lightweight so I’m confident of making that no bother. I’m sitting now at 69kg so I could always box at welterweight (66kg) if I don’t but I think I can make 63.5kg. I feel ready and strong.”
Easton revealed he was hoping to appear on MGM Scotland’s inaugural Edinburgh show in September, ironically the same night he is scheduled to make his pro debut at Ravenscraig. However, MGM promoter Sam Kynoch was unable to accommodate the former Scottish champion with the Capital’s Stephen Simmons, Lewis Benson, Brian Forsyth, Tommy Philbin and Stephen Tiffney all on the bill.
“I’ve never been so excited about something in my whole life,” Easton explained. “I just have a really good feeling about it all. It’s a good time for Edinburgh just now with all the other boxers coming through. They’re all good lads MGM have signed up so I hope I can get myself on a Meadowbank show at some point as well. We’ll see how I get on in my first few fights and then hopefully work towards some titles, but I’m just going to take it one step at a time.”