Tommy eyes up title fight

Kirkliston boxer Tommy Philbin
Kirkliston boxer Tommy Philbin

Boxer Tommy Philbin is just one step away from becoming a Scottish champion.

Tommy (23) qualified for the 91kg (heavyweight) final of the Elite Senior Scottish Championships last weekend when he beat Glaswegian Stephen Jamieson at the Ravenscraig Sports Facility.

Tommy, who lives with partner Lauren and children Charlie (3) and Annabela (1), in Kirkliston, juggles boxing along with full-time work as a fishmonger in Perth and 

He said: ‘‘I start work in a fish processing plant in Perth at 4am. I get back to Kirkliston around 1pm and then travel into Edinburgh to train at the Lochend Boxing Club between 2-4pm, six days a week.

‘‘I get back around 6pm, depending on the traffic and spend time with my kids 
before going to bed. I also go out running between Kirk-
liston and Queensferry.’’

Tommy started boxing at the age of nine after always getting into fights at school.

His father decided to take him to Leith Victoria BC and he progressed to Gilmerton and then Lochend BC.

He won Scottish Junior 
titles three times and also the British Championship at 
junior level at 16.

Since turning 17 he has fought in the elite section and reached the semi-finals year on year.

But this is the first time he has reached the finals and he is confident he can beat his opponent, Connal McDonald, with whom he has sparred on occasions in previous years.

The fight takes place on Saturday, March 28, at the Motherwell venue.

Tommy, who normally fights at light-heavywight, said: ‘‘I am fighting above my normal weight, my ideal fight weight is 81kg (light-heavyweight) but I let myself go over the festive period and went up to 97kg.

‘‘I had to lose more than six kilos in a matter of weeks to reach the championship weight.

‘‘I cannot wait to compete in the final, it’s been seven years since I last won a title.’’

If successful, Tommy will go on to represent Scotland in tournaments.