Published: 12/09/2017 14:00 - Updated: 11/09/2017 14:56

Gary Cornish ready to go to war with Sam Sexton in British title fight

Written byJamie Durent

Gary Cornish held a public workout in the Eastgate Centre on Saturday. Picture: Gair Fraser.
Gary Cornish held a public workout in the Eastgate Centre on Saturday. Picture: Gair Fraser.

 

GARY Cornish hopes Sam Sexton comes for a war in their British title fight – because he will be ready.

Less than four weeks stand between the Highlander and his date with history, as he seeks to become the first Scot to win a Lonsdale belt.

The Highlander admits to having seen some videos of Sexton’s preparation for the fight and is geared for whatever the former Commonwealth champion can throw at him.

“We’ve seen a few videos of him and I think he’s coming for a war. I hope he does – that’s what I want. I think I’ll stop him late on.

“It’s a dream for me. If you said at the start (of my career), that’s what I set my mind to. I never thought I’d get to that level, but I have. I’m ready for it.”

Cornish was back in his native Inverness over the weekend on a two-part press tour to promote the fight, which will be held at Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Arena.

A press conference at the Caledonian Stadium on Friday, alongside his MTK Scotland promoter Sam Kynoch, was followed by a public workout in the Eastgate Centre on Saturday.

The Merkinch heavyweight now lives in Glasgow during the week with coach Billy Nelson, making time for family on weekends.

Making the move full-time and away from familiar surroundings was a necessary decision to take for Cornish – otherwise he would never have got to this position.

“It’s been hard going full-time. I’m away from Inverness, away from my friends and family. I’ve taken myself away. I train, go back to my flat, eat, sleep then go back to training. It’s not easy but I had to do it,” he said.

Gary Cornish and his manager Sam Kynoch addressed the media on Friday. Picture: Gair Fraser.
Gary Cornish and his manager Sam Kynoch addressed the media on Friday. Picture: Gair Fraser.

 

“I sat down with my family and decided what we wanted to do. We could stay in Inverness and do four-round, six-round fights, or we could move it away and go full-steam ahead. Obviously thanks to my sponsors, that’s been made possible.”

The original bout was due for May but was postponed, following Sexton pulling out with a back injury.

At Friday’s presser, Kynoch reassured Cornish’s supporters that the fight would go ahead this time.

The title opportunity came earlier than expected in the plan laid out between Cornish and Kynoch when they joined forces at the end of last year.

Gary Cornish and his manager Sam Kynoch addressed the media on Friday. Picture: Gair Fraser.
Cornish fights Sam Sexton on October 6 for the vacant British heavyweight title. Picture: Gair Fraser.

 

Kynoch said they had turned down opportunities for Cornish to fight abroad following the initial cancellation as they want to give him the chance to fulfil his dream.

“It would be massive. The British title is prestigious in any division, none less so than the heavyweight division,” he said.

“Give Gary his due, it’s easy to sit in front of people and say what he wants to do. We’ve been offered several fights in the interim internationally but we’ve discussed it as a team and spoke to Gary – he wants to fulfil that dream of the British title.

“It would be good from my perspective to see him fulfil his dream in Scotland but for our stable is massive. The future for Gary is bright if and when he wins the British title.”

Cornish always guarantees an ardent following, particularly from the Highland capital.

Both he and MTK want to repay his sponsors and supporters – should Cornish emerge from October 6 as champion – with a potential homecoming bout next year.

“It’s important people up here recognise how big a fight this is for Gary and what he’s doing for boxing in Inverness,” added Kynoch. “Big promoters and television companies wouldn’t be looking up here if it wasn’t for Gary.

“He needs to get the credit he deserves and after October 6, he’ll get that.”

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