Rugby star ‘Jungle’ to pack a punch at exhibition match-up

THE Tait Hall is the venue and Kieran Cooney is all set for a rumble with the Jungle.

Michael ‘Jungle’ Robertson is swapping the scrum cap for boxing gloves for tonight’s super heavyweight exhibition bout in Kelso.

And the 27-year-old Teri can’t wait to get into the ring.

He joked: “I’ve been on the phone to Ricky Hatton to postpone his fight because I know there will be no crowd to watch as they will all be in the Tait Hall.”

Robertson, a number eight who moved from the Greens to Poynder Park in the summer, has been put through his paces over the last two months by former Scottish boxing champions Stuart and Jonky Sharkey and top Scottish trainer Stevie Lyons.

“There’s been a few times I’ve been close to bringing up my tea but I feel great after a session,” he told the Hawick News.

“Stevie’s a class act with the medicine ball and Stuart and Jonky’s boxing knowledge is unreal.

“The training has probably been some of the hardest I have ever done. With doing rugby training as well I can honestly say I am the fittest I have ever been.”

The event is a fund-raiser for Kelso RFC and Robertson has been paired against prop Cooney.

And although he admitted this week he has a few pre-fight nerves – with a large attendance expected – he’s looking forward to getting the better of his teammate.

He said: “He’s a lot heavier than me but I think my reach will be an advantage and also he is English, so hopefully the Scottish aggression will be a plus point for me, too.”