Aberdeen-based lightweight Marek Laskowski will tonight bid to make history by becoming the first Polish fighter to win a Scottish professional title.
The 29-year-old will face Inverness’ Andrew Mackay at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, in a title rematch.
Laskowski and Mackay, 25, fought out a draw in Glasgow in June for a prize once held by ring legend Ken Buchanan, the former WBA and WBC world champion.
Northern Sporting Club’s Laskowski believes he edged the first fight and is ready to take the belt back to the Granite City in the rematch.
He said: “I can make history by becoming the first Polish boxer to win a Scottish championship.
“Winning the lightweight title would be great for the Polish people in Aberdeen and the whole of Scotland.
“I felt like I slightly edged the first fight although I can’t argue with the draw as I have a chance to go for the title again.
“I was only worried about Mackay being the home fighter and myself the away, so there was that concern that I would get a bad decision.
“However, I have got my second shot and I will take it and bring the belt back home to Aberdeen.
“I will be the first Polish boxer to win a Scottish title and make it a September to remember.”
Granite City ABC-based Laskowski is originally from Wrocław in Western Poland and relocated to Aberdeen in 2009.
He claimed the British Masters Bronze light-welterweight belt in 2014 and will have support from sister Daria who has flown over from Wroclaw for the fight.
He said: “Having my sister come over from Poland is a real boost.
“This will be the first time she has seen me fight.
“My girlfriend Louise will also be there along with my friends and I don’t want to let anyone down.
“I have been relaxed about the fight but now that it is almost here I am getting adrenalin and beginning to go through things in my head, trying to predict the fight.
“However, you can always have a plan but once you get in the ring things change.”
Aberdeen has a proud history of Scottish lightweight champions and Laskowski will tonight bid to become the fourth Granite City boxer to raise the prestigious title.
Legend Johnny Kidd was the first to win the belt when triumphing over Johnny McLaren at the city’s Linksfield Stadium in summer 1958.
Almost half a century would pass before Lee McAllister emulated Kidd by claiming the title in 2006 with a victory over Stuart Green at the Beach Ballroom.
Last November Darren Traynor beat Andrejs Podusovs, also at the Beach Ballroom, to take the title,
Laskowski said: “To be the fourth boxer from Aberdeen to win the title would mean a lot to me. I feel great as preparation with training and sparring could not have gone better.”
In preparation for his title crack Laskowski has sparred with former WBU, European, Commonwealth and British champion Willie Limond.
He said: “I enjoyed sparring with Limond as he is a very experienced boxer and I felt I did okay against him.
“He is orthodox coming forward and was like Andrew Mackay so was perfect sparring for my preparation.”
Standing between Laskowski and Scottish title glory is Mackay, who boasts six victories, one draw and a solitary defeat at professional.
That lone loss was to Ryan Collins last year.
Laskowski is determined to grab his opportunity tonight in a bout that could open up further title opportunities.
He said: “Hopefully this will open the way to more belts, bigger fights and more prestige.
“Bigger money as well – that is what I am working for.
“That is what the training is for, all that hard graft.
“It is my passion as well, I love boxing but the money that comes with it is great.
“It is basically getting paid for my hobby.”