TONIGHT’S semi-professional boxing show at the old baths has been cancelled.
Organisers were forced to pull the plug on the Santa Slam event after poor ticket sales.
Promoter Darren Johnstone told the Hawick News: “As it was so close to Christmas in what has already been a very tough year for many financially, the ticket sales were very slow which is unfortunate but acceptable.
“We had a lot of enquiries regarding paying on the door but this is a show where fighters are paid and we would not be able to do that if our initial sales aren’t there.”
Undeterred, however, Johnstone is already looking ahead to 2013 with a local competition planned for early in the year and a Battle in the Borders 4 hitting the Tait Hall in Kelso in March.
He said: “We’re not going to give up as the support we’ve had for the Battle in the Borders series has been phenomenal.
“We’ve enlisted the help of local knowledgeable fighters and fight fans to ensure the public get a quality show.”
At the Kelso event unbeaten Hawick MMA fighter Scott Clarkson will be fighting for the BIB British Lightweight title and current BIB Bantamweight champion Liam Webstell will be defending his belt.