Super lightweight boxer Jason Easton has revealed opponent James Gorman can expect a “difficult ride” when the pair meet for a second time at the Hilcroft Hotel in Whitburn on Friday night.
The former Craigmillar amateur made short work of his Belfast rival when the duo fought in Glasgow six months ago with Easton comfortably winning on points.
Friday’s showdown will afford Easton, 25, the opportunity for some vital ring time before his Celtic title bout with Cardiff’s Mitch Buckland on Friday, October 21, at Meadowbank – the same evening 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Josh Taylor boxes Dave Ryan for the super lightweight Commonwealth belt.
And, Easton says, his whole approach to the sport now resembles that of a professional boxer.
“Everything from training to my diet has been so much better these last six months. I’m not saying I wasn’t completely committed in my first couple of pro fights but there’s always been these wee hiccups – like being unwell and injuries – but I’m free of that and am now in great shape,” he explained. “I just feel so much better within myself.
“I know it’s still going to be a tough fight on Friday but I think I’m going to be a lot better than I was last time.
“I’ve got a lot stronger and fitter in these past six months. He’ll see a different Jason Easton as I feel that I’ve improved so much in my last couple of fights.”
Easton feels there is a real air of excitement surrounding boxing across the city just now with MGM stars Stephen Simmons, Lewis Benson, John Thain and Stephen Tiffney’s next bouts being broadcast live on BoxNation from the Bellahouston Sports Centre in Glasgow on Saturday, October 1.
“There’s a great feeling in Edinburgh just now,” he said. “We’re all improving so I don’t think people can count us out now. Everything is coming together and there’s a lot of us starting to get a shot at these big fights so it’s looking good.”
Undefeated light welterweight Lee Redpath (5-0) is also on the card in Whitburn but is still to be given an opponent.