A BOXING showcase in the Auld Baths next Friday night promises to be a real knockout event.
Hosted by the Hawick Amateur Boxing Association, seven Teries are preparing to enter the ring in front of what is hoped will be a huge home crowd.
Packing a punch for Hawick will be Jake Mulroy, Davie Clamp, Steven Beattie, Gareth Walker, John Scott, Jamie Amos, Hughie Hutchison and Sean Gentleman.
And they will be up against opponents from Chirnside, Haddington, Lochend, Denbeath, Alloa, Madison, Hillpark and Midlothian.
Twenty-three-year-old light heavyweight John Scott, who is fighting first at Dunfermline this weekend, admitted there’s nothing quite like starring in front of your home supporters.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve fought two or three times before in Hawick and it’s a real adrenaline rush.”
It’s also nothing new for 26-year-old Jamie Amos, who has also boxed at a previous Hawick show.
Amos, who reached the Scottish light welterweight final last year, suffered a narrow defeat in his previous outing at Carlisle last week and is hoping to avenge that next Friday. He said: “The Carlisle result is in my mind and I want to go out and make up for that.
“I know I’ll be nervous because all my family are coming to watch this time, but I’m pretty confident and the home crowd will definitely give me a lift.”
For one man though this will be unchartered territory.
Superheavyweight Gareth Walker has fought the length and breadth of the country and even down into Northumberland.
But he has never faced an opponent on home turf.
The 34-year-old said: “I’ve been training hard and doing a lot of sparring, but when you’re fighting at home you’ve a lot more to lose. In front of your mates and supporters there’s more pressure, but I’m looking forward to it.”
With a projected 14 bouts on the night, as well as a licensed bar, coach Billy Finn admitted it had all the makings of a memorable event.
He said: “It should be a great night, especially since there’s not been a show for a couple of years.
“With the home crowd behind them the boys are bound to win the first round and then it’s up to them, but I’ve got high expectations for a few of them.”
First bout is at 8pm. Tickets, priced £10, are available from Think Fitness.