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Boxing: Cornish set for top billing in Inverness

Gary Cornish, the giant Highland heavyweight, will headline a show for the first time when boxing returns to Inverness on May 11.

The undefeated Cornish will be joined on the Chris Gilmour promotion at the Drumossie Hotel by stablemates Andrew Young and Alastair Chisholm.

Cornish, tipped as a potential future British champion by manager Tommy Gilmour, racked up his sixth straight win last weekend when he defeated Lithuanian Igoris Borucha on the undercard of Lee McAllister's European title fight in Aberdeen.

The contest will be Cornish's second in his home city, following the first professional boxing show in the Highland capital last December, when he defeated the Zimbabwean Hastings Rasani.

Gilmour said: "There is a real appetite for professional boxing in that part of the world and fight fans will have the opportunity of seeing three fine prospects in action.

"Gary has grabbed everyone's attention. He's in the early stages of his career and it's important not to get too carried away, but he looks to have all the tools to end Scotland's wait for a heavyweight champion."

Young, a former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, returned to the ring in December after two years out through injury and the cruiserweight marked the occasions with a win over Rimantus Siniunas followed by a weekend stoppage of another Lithuanian, Ruslan Bitarov.

Meanwhile, welterweight Chisholm is aiming to maintain a perfect record in his fourth fight after out-pointing Larkhall's Mark Betts three months ago.

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