BOXER Richard Barclay is gearing up for his first fight of the new season - and says his ultimate aim is to have another crack at the Scottish Super Featherweight title.
The 23-year-old Milngavie battler is set to fight Robin Deacon from Crawley in West Sussex at Glasgow’s Kelvinhall International Sports Arena on June 3.
He is widely tipped to win by both his coach and manager which will put him on the road for another title challenge in September.
There was disappointment for him in his crack at the title last year when Richard lost on points even though he had the lead in the initial rounds.
The super featherweight fighter, who weighs in at nine stone four pounds (59kg) said: “I’m pretty confident about my first fight next month as it is only six two minute rounds and I’m used to fighting 10 three minute rounds.
“But I know it is one that I must win if I’m going to have any chance of challenging for the Super Featherweight this September.”
And the former Douglas Academy pupil added: “I need a couple of wins under my belt to be in with a chance of challenging for the title and know I need to put in the training.”
Richard, who trains at The Palace of Art in Bellahouston and receives sponsorship from The Legion Gym in Govan, has a tough training schedule, running up to three miles a day as well as sparring most days of the week.
His manager Tommy Gilmour, who is organising the fight, said: “Richard’s fight is part of a bigger show.
“There are nine fights on the bill and he has a good following support.
“He will be keen to get back into it as it will be another fight on his record.
“The boy needs a couple of these fights as he hasn’t had a competitive fight since last year.”
He added: “Sparring is okay but there is no substitute for having competition experience.
“Richard is one of those boys that just needs a run of luck.”
One of Richard’s two coaches Kris McAdam, saidd: “His training is going well and if he boxes as well as I know he can, he will have no problem.
PUNCH PALS . . . Richard in training with his coach Paul Fellows.