Darren Traynor raring to go in grudge match as he sets out to claim Scottish title in clash with old rival

James Tennyson in action against Darren Traynor during their WBA International Super-Featherweight Championship at the SSE Arena, Belfast.

Aberdeen’s Darren Traynor today vowed to make his extra power and weight count in a bad blood Scottish title clash against rival Eddie Doyle.

The Trayn Wreck will step up two weights to face defending super-lightweight champion Doyle in a grudge match at the Hilton Treetops tonight.

Traynor, 31, is bidding to become a three-weight Scottish champion and has spent two months of intensive training in preparation for the showdown.

He even spent a week at a warm weather training camp in Tenerife with British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh to get ready.

Animosity between the fighters has bubbled under since their days as Scotland internationals at amateur level.

It will finally reach the surface tonight in a hotly-anticipated clash.

Traynor said: “I’m stepping up in weight but feel stronger and am punching harder than I usually do.

“Hopefully on the night I will land those big shots and show Doyle how much power I have.

“I’m ready and can’t wait to go against Doyle. It is a rivalry because he has been mouthing off saying he is going to do this and that.

“We will see what happens in the ring – bring it on.

“I am here to win and put a show on for the fans. I don’t hide. I am ready to fight and do the business against Doyle to take his title.

“This will be my third Scottish title and I will be the first Aberdonian to do that and get into the history books.”

Doyle boasts a pro record of 19 wins and four defeats.

Traynor’s previous fight was a WBA International Super-Featherweight title loss to defending champion James Tennyson in Belfast last October.

The 31-year-old admits his downfall was losing his composure in the Sky Sports televised clash as he was dragged into a toe-to-toe scrap.

Traynor is ready to go to war tonight again if needed but will not let the ill-feeling with Doyle cloud his judgement.

He said: “If I can finish it early I will, but if the fight goes the distance that will be fine.

“I know I can fight, I have always been a fighter. But I can box as well.

“I just have to remain composed and be smart.

“I just have to get my timing right and then let my hands go.

“It is important to keep my head focused and try to outbox Doyle. I have to let my hands do the talking and try not to commit myself too much into a war.

“I have to be physically and mentally strong and let my hands do the business.”

Traynor has suffered just two defeats in a 16-fight pro career and both came in significant live televised title shots with Tennyson the most recent.

In preparation for his latest title bid Traynor spent a week training and sparring in the Canary Islands with the man who inflicted his first pro defeat – reigning British champ Walsh.

Traynor’s first defeat came in a fifth round stoppage to defending champion Walsh in a British title bout at York Hall, Bethnal Green, last January.

Traynor said: “It was a bit strange to begin with but Ryan is a top, down-to-earth lad. He and his brothers are all good guys and there is no bad beef between us.”

Traynor worked alongside Walsh and his brothers Liam and Michael in Tenerife.

Liam is a former British and Commonwealth super-featherweight champion and lost an IBF world title fight with Gervonta Davis last May.

“It was great training and sparring with them,” he said.

“That is the level I need to be at, the boys I should be competing with.

“Tenerife was brilliant as I got rounds in with Ryan and went on some runs with him and his brother Michael. I was training alongside Liam as well.

“For the last eight weeks I have been working hard on strength and conditioning and I am ready to take that title.”

On the under-card, undefeated Aberdeen super-featherweight Kristen Fraser faces Malta’s Claire Ciantar.

Undefeated Northern Sporting Club super-bantamweight Billy Stuart fights Ricky Starkey. Wick super-lightweight Liall McKenzie faces Shaun McShane.