Return of the ring king - Milngavie boxer Barclay battles back

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Boxer Richard Barclay is back to fighting form with his first victory as he returns to the ring after more than two years.

The 26-year-old lightweight fighter was in confident mood when he took on Birmingham’s Sid Razak in his first Professional fight since competing at The Kelvinhall in June 2011.

The pair were fighting at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel last week with Barclay winning the six, two minute rounds, with 60 points to his opponents 54.

Barclay said: “I’ve been out of the ring for quite some time so when I was given the opportunity for another professional fight I jumped at the chance. I boxed quite clever and paced myself in the first couple of rounds, putting the pressure on as the rounds progressed.”

The former Douglas Academy pupil, who currently works as a landscape gardener, reckoned the hardest part of the fight was the getting fit for it.

He said: “I was given quite a bit of notice, so had plenty of time to prepare, but have had to work hard to bring my fitness up to a level that I am happy with. I don’t really suffer from pre-match nerves so just went in and did the job I was there for.”

Barclay is now hoping for at least two more fights before Christmas.

He added: “I run every morning and usually do between four to seven miles.”