Aberdeen boxer Boris Crighton today vowed to put his Commonwealth Games agony behind him to take the professional ranks by storm.
The 24-year-old will tonight make his debut in the paid ranks at St Andrew’s Sporting Club in Glasgow.
Crighton had hoped to complete a distinguished amateur career by competing at the Commonwealth Games in April at the Gold Coast, Australia.
He flew down under in 2016 for a three-week training camp with Team Scotland.
However, former British champion Crighton lost an all-or-nothing box off to Sean Lazzerini last December to represent Team Scotland at the Gold Coast.
Now he is determined to make an impact in the pro ranks and will make his bow on the undercard of the vacant British bantamweight title fight between Ukashir Farooq and Jamie Wilson.
Crighton said: “Losing out on the Commonwealth Games was very hard but I am very excited about making my pro debut.
“I spent the whole year travelling round the world trying to qualify for the Games at the Gold Coast then it all came down to that one fight.
“We are two strong athletes and Sean is now part of the GB team, which shows the level he is at.
“I lost to the better man on the day and as much as I was devastated not to go to the Commonwealth Games, I have to give credit where it is due.
“I lost to a good opponent.
“Now I am in the professional ranks, I want to progress far.”
Crighton will face Bulgarian Ivo Krastev (1-5) tonight and is relishing the prospect of competing in a super middleweight division packed with rising stars. Having won the British title in 2016, as well as Scottish belts, Crighton has aspirations to go all the way in the paid game.
“I will take it one step at a time but I am fighting in a very exciting division,” said Crighton.
“There are top fighters in Scotland and also guys from down south.
“Like every boxer, I want to be at world level and if you are not aspiring to be there then you are not in the right sport.”
Crighton signed with Iain Wilson of St Andrews Sporting Club and is out to make an explosive debut tonight, having already learned valuable lessons since turning professional. He said: “The way you approach things is different at pro and I am learning tricks. Working the inside is something I didn’t really do much as an amateur, as I was more of a long-distance fighter and would land the punches and hit and move.
“Now, I am settling into the shots more and working the body, which is pivotal in the pro game.
“I am fighting for six rounds in my first pro fight and you cannot keep head-hunting with some of these journeymen, who are tough.
“They will take a head punch all day so I have to start working the body.”
In preparation for his pro debut Crighton has had sparring sessions against former Commonwealth super middleweight champion David Brophy. Scotland’s Brophy lost a British and Commonwealth unification title fight against Rocky Fielding in September last year.
Crighton said: “I have been sparring with David Brophy and Aston Brown, who was a GB athlete and had more than 100 amateur fights and has had a couple of pro fights. It was great to step in with those guys and be able to hold my own and both take it and give it out as well.
“It showed that I am not far away from that level.
“Obviously I have to take my time and not rush into anything as this is my debut fight.
“I will get my experience in the ring first and take it from there.”