Baby waits for champion dad

KIRKCALDY;'Kevin Bruce - Scottish Heavyweight boxing champ'photo; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'Kevin Bruce - Scottish Heavyweight boxing champ'photo; WALTER NEILSON

A SCOTTISH boxing champion was born last Friday ... but lucky for him his baby was not!

Kevin Bruce (32), from Burntisland, risked missing the birth of his third child in order to claim the Scottish heavyweight title at The Time Capsule in Coatbridge.

Kevin’s victory set a personal milestone as he is now one of the few boxers to have won national senior titles across three seperate weight divisions – a rare achievement in Scottish boxing.

But his night of glory almost came at a cost.

His pregnant partner Lorraine was due to give birth on the exact same day as his big fight, but luckily for Kevin she managed to hold off for a few days and, at the time of going to print, was still awaiting the baby’s arrival.

Kingdom ABC fighter Kevin said: “Lorraine was happy enough to let me fight because she knew what it meant to me.

“I was obviously worried about her but I just had to focus on winning this title because I knew myself what a great achievement it would be. I’m really glad I didn’t miss the birth.”

Kevin, who returned to boxing in 2009 after five years out with a back injury, took on Steven Nicol from the Lochend Club in Edinburgh in Friday’s final in front of a sell-out crowd.

The dad-to-be ran out a convincing 13-2 points winner following an impressive demolition of his opponent, much to the delight of the large support that had followed him through from Fife.

The heavyweight crown completed his unique treble of national medals following his middleweight success in 2003 and his light-heavyweight win in 2010.

Kevin’s coach, Mike Keane, who is also the current Scotland head coach, said: “His performance was really composed and I hope he will now box for his country at one of the up and coming international competitions lined up.”