Boxers unite in the ring of memories...

WITH Kirkcaldy's first professional boxing event in over half a century just a fortnight away, the Press this week tracked down one of the men who fought at the last event of its kind to be staged in the town.

Only problem is Jim Gallagher can't remember much about that famous night at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink back in 1952!

"That's the result of years of professional boxing," joked the Ballingry pensioner.

"It was a very long time ago, and I'm getting on a bit now, so I can't remember anything about the night itself.

"But I'm really looking forward to seeing the action on June 11. I go to the amateur shows in Kinross now and again but it will be good to see the pros in action."

Topping the bill and turning back the clock at Fife Ice Arena next month will be promising local duo Kevin Anderson and Steven McGuire junior.

Jim, a middleweight champion in his time, met the pair at Glenrothes Amateur Boxing Club on Monday night.

"It was good talking about old times," revealed the 81-year-old who inflicted two defeats on West African middleweight champion Sammy Wilde in his hey day.

Perhaps he passed on a few tips to Kevin, who meets foreign opposition in the ring at the up-coming Kirkcaldy show.

The vastly experienced Vladimir Borovski is heading for the Lang Toun and it is expected that Kevin will be fighting the Ukrainian for the IBO Intercontinental welterweight title.

It is sure to be a tough test for the Buckhaven boxer who will be aiming to protect his unbeaten record which spans 13 bouts since he turned professional two years ago.

"I don't know too much about him," Kevin revealed when quizzed about Borovski. "We usually get videos of the guys we are fighting but at this late stage I don't think there will be time.

"I'll just have to see what I'm up against when I get in the ring."

Despite fighting an unknown entity, Kevin is in confident mood and looking forward to his first professional fight on home soil.

"Sparring has started and I'm training hard," said the 22-year-old. "I'm looking forward to fighting at home.

"I always take a few hundred to Glasgow with me so we should get a big crowd at the ice rink.

"I hope it goes well and that I can come back for a bigger title fight. I just have to keep winning and climbing the ladder – I don't think I'm too far from a shot at the British title."

Promoter Tommy Gilmour has already revealed that should the June 11 event prove to be a success, a British title fight could be staged in Kirkcaldy in the future.

"Kevin is the most exciting young prospect we have in Scotland and it's terrific that he finally has the chance to fight in front of his home public," said Gilmour.

"If this show is a success, and the early indications are that it will be, then there is no reason why we can't promote regularly in Fife and hopefully deliver a major title fight for Kevin on his own patch."

Light heavyweight Steven McGuire jnr, whose father Steven senior is co-promoting the event with Gilmour, is also in international action.

He squares up against Varuzhan Davtyan of Armenia – who has a strong reputation throughout Europe.