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Anniversary show a big night for St Andrew's club in more ways than one

IT may be wise to reinforce the ring at Glasgow's St Andrew's Sporting Club later this month when the Highland heavyweight Gary Cornish and the Hungarian Tamas Toth cross swords.

Gary Cornish is expected to move up to eight-round fights
Gary Cornish is expected to move up to eight-round fights

The pair will add extra weight to the 40th anniversary show at the iconic Glasgow boxing venue where light-welterweights Willie Limond and Eddie Doyle will top the bill in a contest for the vacant Commonwealth title.

Given that the 25-year-old Cornish, from Inverness, stands 6ft 7in tall while his opponent, Toth – dubbed "The Barbarian from Budapest" – is only an inch or two shorter, it will be little surprise if the burly pair have the sold-out arena bouncing.

Cornish's 12th professional bout is also likely to be his last six-round contest, according to his manager and the St Andrew's promoter, Tommy Gilmour.

"Gary is a big addition to a heavyweight night and he is getting the opportunity to showcase his talents to a sell-out crowd and a nationwide TV audience.

"There is a lot at stake for Gary and if he comes through successfully, the plan is to move him up a level. I would hope that he will have his first eight three-minute round contest next month. Toth will be a stern test for him as he has lost only once, but Gary is progressing nicely and learning with each fight. He is not too far away from fighting for his first title."

No Scot has contested the British heavyweight crown, let alone won it, but Gilmour has high hopes that Cornish is capable of making history, once he has served his apprenticeship.

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