Scottish heavyweight hope Gary Cornish is set for his biggest test yet when he steps up to championship level next month.
The Highlander will line up in either a Commonwealth title eliminator or IBO intercontinental championship contest at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Leisure Centre on Saturday, May 23.
Inverness-born Cornish – who stretched his unbeaten record to 20 wins (11 KOs) with a first round knockout of Croatian Marino Goles last month – jointly tops the bill with Paisley light-middleweight Kris Carslaw.
The joint Chris Gilmour and Iain Wilson promotion also features former Commonwealth light-welterweight title challenger Eddie Doyle, Scottish lightweight champion Jordan McCorry and
hard-hitting Scottish light-middleweight champion Mike Towell of Dundee.
Gilmour said: “Gary looked really impressive taking out Goles and he proved he’s ready for a step up in class. He’s now a the stage of his development where he’s proving he’s a level above the journeymen by blowing them away quickly, so it’s important he gets properly tested from now on.
“Iain and I are working hard to find the right opponent for him and we have made offers to a number of well-known and respected names in the heavyweight division.
“It’s now up to them whether they want to put their own reputations on the line against someone like Gary, but it’s also a great opportunity for them to gatecrash the heavyweight title scene by taking on the big up and comers so we’ll wait and see who takes up our offer.”
Former British and European title challenger Carslaw put him himself in pole position for another shot at domestic honours with an impressive victory over Edinburgh’s John Thain in an eliminator last time out.
Carslaw, who has now been nominated to challenge Liverpool’s Liam Smith for his British title after unbeaten Welshman Liam Williams pulled out the title fight, knows he must impress in the joint top of the bill.
Gilmour added: “Kris put on one of the best performances of his career when he beat Thain and proved he still has the potential to win a major title.
“But he’s been out of action since September because he was getting married and then the situation with Williams pulling out left him in a bit of limbo. Thankfully the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) has nominated him to challenge for Smith’s title and that fight is now out to purse offers.
“It’s important that he gets straight back to his best on May 23 because the next few months will be pivotal for him if he wants to become a British champion – he simply can’t afford to be anywhere below par at this point of his career.”
Unbeaten prospects Uddingston’s Michael McGurk and Bannockburn’s James Thomson together with the Pro debut of William Cook, make up the rest of the bill
Ticket are available from all the boxers on the bill as well as from the office on 0141 810 5700.
Prices are: £40 -unreserved arena, £60- reserved ringside and £100 VIP Inner-Ringside (includes a pre fight reception)