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Highland Warrior ready for Celtic title fight

By Will Clark

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George Stewart.
George Stewart.

GEORGE Stewart says he is looking to pack a punch in a new division as he is set to fight for the Scottish and Celtic Featherweight Championship on Friday night.

The 21-year-old is set to take on Scottish Featherweight Champion Andy Tham at Ravenscraig in Motherwell.

The boxer, nicknamed the Highland Warrior, made a major impact in Scottish boxing when he became Scottish Super Featherweight champion in November when he stopped Charlie Doig in the seventh round.

Since then, he has decided to drop down a weight to fight for the Scottish and Celtic Featherweight Championship.

He says he has adapted well to competing at a new weight and is confident that he can come out on top to become Celtic champion on Friday night.

“I have moved down a weight since winning the Scottish Super Featherweight title and i’m now competing at featherweight.

“It hasn’t been too much of a change as I am only dropping down a couple of kilos.

“I know Andy will be a really tough boxer. But I am confident that I can win.”

Stewart says becoming Scottish Super Featherweight champion in November was the biggest moment in his career.

He says been training for the last three months in preparation for the fight, as he has been working with his team at Highland Boxing Academy, coached by his dad Bruno Stewart.

He said his dad was the reason he decided to get involved in the sport and has helped his reach his potential of becoming on of the top boxers in the country.

He said: “I started boxing 11 years ago when my dad asked me if I wanted to get involved in the sport. I

“I hadn’t a clue what boxing involved because when I was younger, I used to play football a lot instead.

“I went and tried it out and people said I was a natural and I just carried on from there.”

Stewart says he is ready for the bout and whether the title fight goes the distance or he can end it early, is confident he will leave the ring as Celtic champion.

Stewart said: “I have been training every day since February,

“I have not gone the entire 10 rounds before. If the opportunity presents itself to stop the bout early I will take it. But I do not mind if the fight goes the entire 10 rounds.

“I know myself that I can go 10 rounds and it will be a win win situation.”

“If I win this on Friday, hopefully I can move on to British title eliminators and that is my ambition.”

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