Edinburgh’s unbeaten light-welterweight, Lee Redpath (2-0) has received confirmation of his next opponent as Ibrar ‘Smokin’ Riyaz (4-85-3) for this weekend’s MGM Scotland show at the Meadowbank Stadium.
The 30-year-old lightweight journeyman from Reading will travel to Scotland’s capital city to face the popular local boxer Lee Redpath as the heavily experienced away fighter, racking up 92 fights since September 2008.
Riyaz is just 5ft 4” inches to Redpath’s 5ft 11” and has only been stopped three times in his seven year career by Atif Shafiq (14-1), Dale Miles (14-3) and Liam Walsh (19-0). He has not been halted in his last 36 contests and regularly steals points from his opponents fighting on their own shows.
He has gone the full 10 round distance with former English light-welterweight champ Tyrone Nurse (31-2-1), Southern Area featherweight champion Jamie Speight (13-7) and has shared the ring with the previous WBO European lightweight champion Stephen Ormond (18-2) and IBF International titleholder Tommy Coyle (21-3) – all were unbeaten prospects at the time of meeting.
Redpath commented on the seasoned rival for his third professional contest, “I’ve watched a couple of videos on YouTube of him and I’ve noticed he likes to come forward and throws big bombs and he seems to move his head well.
“I was meant to fight Matt Seawright but got told to lose a couple of pounds as he [Ryaz] would be a bit lighter at 10st 2lbs. He’s a lot smaller than me but my stable mate Martin Taylor is smaller as well so after sparring him I should be alright.”
The 33-year-old southpaw from Edinburgh has so far managed to win all of his 12 rounds in the pro ranks with one knockdown in his last contest against Paul O’Brien (0-2) and will be looking to extend his winning run to three in three.
The Meadowbank Stadium famously played host to the epic Alex Arthur v Michael Gomez encounter in October 2003 and was the first professional boxing card in the city of Edinburgh for almost 20 years.
A big fan of the ‘Amazing’ Alex Arthur, Redpath commented on the prospect of performing in front of a big crowd at a venue so steeped in history, “I’m feeling a wee bit nervous to be fair,” admitted the southpaw. “I’ve been thinking about the fight a bit more and how the fight might go, so I’m trying to switch off and relax but once the bell goes then it’s straight down to business.”
The last time that the historic venue was used to host boxing was in April 2012 when Arthur staged his self-promoted, ‘Homecoming’ event for the return of Redpath’s best pal, Craig McEwan to Edinburgh.
Redpath counts the former Freddie Roach protégé, McEwan as his training and sparring partner since his return to the UK after spending most of his career in the States signed to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
The Commonwealth Games bronze medalist will be supporting on the night, “I’ve done 125 tickets and I’ll have the loudest support on the night,” boasted Redpath. “They’ll definitely be rowdy on the night and the atmosphere is going to be great!”
The MGM Scotland Promotions show titled, ‘New Era’ on September 5th will be the first event at the Edinburgh multi-purpose sports facility in over three years.
Running order for Saturday night:
1. Tommy Philbin (Debutant)
The show will be opened by the debut of Edinburgh’s Tommy Philbin (2015 Scottish Amateur Champion at 91kg)
2. Brian Forsyth (1-0)
Super-middleweight Forsyth is looking to impress in his first home town appearance as a professional.
3. Lee Redpath (2-0)
Edinburgh southpaw Redpath is looking to make it three wins from three pro contests in our third contest of the night.
4. Stephen Tiffney (Debutant)
‘Tiff’ struck Gold in the Scottish Amateur Championships earlier this year and is looking to make a bright start to his pro career down at featherweight.
5. John Thain (12-2)
Edinburgh stylist Thain is next up and looking to build on his punch-perfect performance on our inaugural show in June.
6. David Brophy. (13-0-1)
Super-middleweight Brophy is looking to cement his position in the UK Top 10 at 12st over six rounds.
7. Lewis Benson (Debutant)
‘Kid Caramel’ is looking to make a statement in his pro debut. Benson is a multi-titled amateur and formed part of Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games team. Now Benson’s eyes are firmly set on success in the pro ranks at light-welterweight.
8. Stephen Simmons (11-1)
Stephen ‘Monster’ Simmons will have his first professional outing as a professional in his home city in our main event contest, over eight rounds at cruiserweight. Simmons has been working tirelessly over the summer months to ensure that his brings our New Era event to a close with a bang.
For tickets to the show please visit http://www.leeredpath.co.uk/