Craigmillar boxer Jason Easton admits any thoughts of defeat in the 64kg Scottish final tomorrow make him feel sick.
The 23-year-old is up against friend and rival Lewis Benson of Lochend, a rematch of the 2013 final and an opportunity to settle the score after Benson was awarded victory that evening at Meadowbank by the smallest of margins, 16-14.
And, after coming through their respective semi-final bouts earlier this month, Easton has had little else on his mind other than gaining revenge.
Ahead of the clash at Ravenscraig Sports Complex in Motherwell tomorrow night, Easton said: “I thought I should have been up at least a few points by the end of the second round that night – he wasn’t landing any clean shots, everything was on the gloves so how they were scoring that I don’t know. The thought of him winning this year makes me feel sick.
“There’s no head guards this time around though so it’s a completely different ball game so he won’t be able to do this tippy-tappy jab on top of my head guard.
“Lewis is a tough boy but I am more than confident this year that I will beat him.”
Easton last tasted national glory five years ago and believes he is due the rub of the green this time round.
“Ever since I won the title in 2010, I’ve had the hardest route and have lost at the final hurdle so I don’t want that to happen this time,” he said. “I’m so determined and that comes down to my lifestyle now – staying in away from my mates and keeping myself busy working and training.
“I’ve been training really hard so I’m more confident from the last time I fought him. I’m more than capable of beating him. I’m on a bit of a run just now having won my last nine fights and haven’t lost since last year’s semi-final defeat to Sam Ball.
“I am absolutely loving boxing and it gives me a much better buzz than anything else.”
Tomorrow represents a big occasion for several other Capital boxers making the trip west. Lochend, as expected, have a strong representation in both male and female weight categories.
Matthew McHale (52kg) goes head to head with Hayfield’s Jack Turner while Stephen Tiffney (60kg) will fight the Barn’s Josh Sanford. Competing at 91kg, Tommy Philbin, also of Lochend, faces Connal McDonald of Bravehearts Boxing Club and Johanna Ryan (48kg) is hoping to be crowned Scottish champion when she enters the ring with Glenrothes fighter Emma McCulloch.
Elsewhere, Meadowbank’s Ryan McCutcheon (56kg) is expecting a tough bout against Stephen Boyle of Dennistoun McNair and Livingston will be hoping their entries, Adam Saleta (+91kg) and Elaine Greenan (64kg), secure gold over Kincorth’s John Winters and Cherie McDonald fighting out of Inverness.
A total of 15 bouts are scheduled for tomorrow evening in North Lanarkshire with the boxing expected to start around 8pm.