Edinburgh’s Lee McGregor admits he has endured some restless nights ahead of his first-round fight against Boe Warawara of Vanuatu at the World Boxing Championships in Hamburg tonight.
The reigning Scottish and British 56kg champion is his country’s hottest prospect and the 20-year-old is determined to live up to expectations by returning home with a medal.
“Every night in bed before I go to sleep I’ve been thinking about it – what’s going to happen if I become world champion. I’ve been getting these real kicks and buzzes because I know I can do it,” explained McGregor, who boxes at Meadowbank Amateur Boxing Club.
“I’m going to treat every fight like it’s the final and hopefully I have enough to do what it takes. I know there are some real good guys here but I know on my day I can beat any of them. I just need to stick to the game plan. I know people always say ‘it’s the best I’ve felt’ but that’s genuinely the case this time around.” McGregor added: “Warawara was at the Rio Olympics last year so he’s no mug. We have to put our bodies through so much so we can fight and then go again two days later. I’ll fight the Cuban or American on Sunday if I get through and everyone knows Cubans are some of the best boxers in the world. Javier Diaz Ibanez is world and Olympic youth champion but every fight I go into I’m only thinking about winning.”