A TOUGH Muay Thai kickboxer has won the Scottish amateur title in only his second ever competitive fight.
Scott Spalding (37), from Bishopbriggs, achieved the prestigious honour despite being a considerable 11 kilos lighter than his opponent.
The 6ft 2ins fighter said that after more than 10 years of Muay Thai kickboxing training, the time felt right to step into the ring for a competitive bout.
Scott, who works as an estimator for BMW at their Douglas Park, Hamilton branch, said: “You train for so long and for one reason or another don’t actually test yourself in the ring.
“But then you don’t actually know how good you are until you do so.”
Scott trains at the Kombat Gym in Kirkintilloch.
He says the heavyweight title belt, which he’s looking to defend in the next few months, was truly the icing on the cake.
Scott, who weighed in at 96 kilos compared to his opponent’s hefty 107, told Herald Sport: “It was a really good battle. He was dangerous right up to the end, but thankfully I had my wits about me.”
Coach and pal Stephen McLaughlin has no doubt what was behind Scott’s win.
Stephen said: “Hard work. Hard work and having the heart to go through with it.”
Scott added: “I’d like to thank Stephen and all the guys I’ve trained with over the years.”
A special fight night is to be held at the Kombat Club in Kirkintilloch on Friday, May 20 at the Waterside club.
Some seven local fighters will be involved, with between 10 and 12 bouts in total in what should be a fantastic night of sport.
Contact Stephen on 07862 258789 for more information. Tickets cost £20.
CHAMPION STATUS: Scott is pictured at the Kombat Gym with his Scottish Amateur heavyweight Muay Thai kickboxing belt. (K10645)