By David McIntosh
As the song goes, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”. And Boxing in the UK has tended to follow that rule for as long as most of us can remember. Fight night is Saturday night, that’s just the way it is around here, a sport synonymous with bright lights, late nights and as comedian Micky Flannagan nicely put it, people “going out out”. But times change. This Saturday in Glasgow, Kynoch Boxing stages a full professional card at 12 noon at the Crowne Plaza in the heart of the City.
For what it’s worth, I think it is an inspired move.
If boxing in the UK has always been Saturday night, in a similar vein, for decades football was always played at 3 o’clock on a Saturday afternoon. A mainstay of the week and as regular as church on a Sunday morning. In Glasgow, where football is the City’s pulse, the sport has long drifted from the orderly mid-afternoon slot, now consuming most Sunday’s and half the working week. Astonishingly Celtic won’t play at 3pm on a Saturday until the 9th of March and Rangers have only played one Saturday match since the 24th November. Cities around the UK know the feeling. In the face of such haphazard scheduling, the decision to trial boxing on a Saturday afternoon looks an exciting prospect for a town (and country) where boxing is enjoying a phenomenal renaissance.
Football fans won’t be the only potential demographic drawn to the event. Sports lovers, young fans, families, students, over-65’s – boxing is a broad church and those perhaps excluded or overlooked from late night shows have the opportunity to catch the action up close and personal this weekend and still be home for dinner. And the action looks appetising. Building on the momentum of previous events, the now burgeoning Kynoch stable has a fine array of talent to showcase. Commonwealth Title challenger Ross Murray (8-2) will be looking to begin another ascent of the flyweight division. Scottish Cruiserweight Champion, 20-year-old Jay Carrigan-McFarlane (7-2), brings plenty of personality and plenty of punch-power to the ring as his 2019 commences. Stand out prospect, 20-year-old Aberdeen welterweight Dean Sutherland (4-0) starts what will be a busy and potentially breakthrough year. In addition to the professional ranks, Glasgow City Boxing Club will also display their skills in front of the crowd in attendance providing a taste of the future for some of Glasgow’s rising amateur stars.
The way we consume entertainment has changed radically in the past 10 years and who knows what it will look like 10 years from now. Perhaps boxing on a Saturday afternoon is just the start for a city that has always loved a bit of sporting drama on its days off.