Published: 05/12/2017 14:00 - Updated: 04/12/2017 16:07

Inverness heavyweight Gary Cornish moves training base back to Highland capital

Written byJamie Durent

Gary Cornish gets his shot at British title glory tonight in Edinburgh. Picture: Gair Fraser.
Gary Cornish alongside his MTK manager Sam Kynoch. Picture: Gair Fraser.


GARY Cornish’s decision to return home is the best move for everyone.

That is the view of his manager Sam Kynoch, who is happy to see Cornish pair up with his former coach Liam Foy back in the Highland capital.

Foy – head coach at Highland Boxing Academy – trained Cornish during his amateur days and announced last week he and the Highlander had started working together again.

Merkinch heavyweight Cornish had been training in Glasgow under the MTK Scotland banner since the end of last year, where he made the decision to focus full-time on boxing and ditch his job as a joiner.

He had been coached by Billy Nelson at his gym in Airdrie but split just weeks before Cornish’s British heavyweight title fight in October.

That prompted a brief stint working with Johnney Roye in Preston and he had alluded to a long-term partnership developing between the pair.

However, the decision was swayed by the ability to spend more time with his family in Inverness.

“It’s looking like being permanent – I’m certainly happy and the main thing is, Gary is happy,” said Kynoch.

“We had a good chat at the weekend and he found it a bit much. Being at home suited him better.

“He did some pads with Liam at the public workout and they seemed to gel quite well.”

Gary Cornish held a public workout in the Eastgate Centre on Saturday. Picture: Gair Fraser.
Cornish works pads with Liam Foy in a public workout. Picture: Gair Fraser.


Foy said last week he would endeavour to fit Cornish’s training in around his work with HBA, where he already operates a busy schedule with daily sessions and regular tournaments.

Cornish was back down in Glasgow at the weekend with Foy, sparring with MTK heavyweight Jay Carrigan-McFarlane.

Kynoch was keen to stress that just because Cornish was returning home, would not mean he could slack off.

“He still appreciates he needs to get out of Inverness for sparring,” added Kynoch. “I’ve got a guy travelling up to spar with him this weekend but just because he’s there, does not mean Inverness is the place to be.

“I’m looking to link him up with some spars down in England and it will be a bit of a compromise in that sense.”

Cornish is back in the ring on January 26 at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow, facing Englishman David Howe.

He has not fought since the defeat to Sexton.

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