By Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
An exciting new era for Scottish boxing kicks off on June 12, with MGM Scotland putting on their maiden show at the Bellahouston Liesure Centre, in Glasgow.
The bill will showcase some of Scotland’s brightest young talent. Amongst them being Edinburgh’s John Thain.
27-year old Thain is coming off two close back-to-back points defeats; one being very controversial. However, the Scotsman is excited and looking forward to getting back in the ring.
“I’m excited because it feels like a comeback of sorts.” Thain said. “I’ve not boxed since September and it’s almost like a new beginning. I’ve got a new attitude and I feel brand new. I’m looking forward to going out there and doing my best.”
In 2014 Thain suffered his first professional loss under controversial circumstances to Ronnie Heffron. Followed by another close points defeat to fellow Scot Kris Carslaw in a British title eliminator, but Thain insists he’s coming back a much better fighter.
“It’s like starting again, but at the same time I’ve got those experiences and I’ve learned from them. So, I’m looking to come back a better boxer, a better fighter and to be more successful.
“My attitude has got to be more ruthless. I’ve got to be more selfish, if you like. You’re on your own in the ring and you have got to do what’s best for you. I’ve got to be more hungry and more determined.”
Thain has campaigned in the light-middleweight division, but feels a step down to welterweight and an assault on the 147 pound division is a path the Scotsman is looking at taking.
“I’m looking to move down to welterweight, but first things first, I want to get back to winning ways as I’ve not boxed for a while. So, after I’ve won there’s a path I’m sure that’s being planned… A move down to welterweight then look to drive things forward.
“However, the priority right now is to win, because I’ve not won on paper since 2013. It’s a long time when you think about it. It will be good to have that feeling again and that’s what is driving me on… I really want to be a champion. It’s everything to a boxer to be the best and I want to get that glory.”
MGM Scotland have stated that they are looking to stage regular events in Scotland and in Thain’s home city of Edinburgh and the thought of boxing in front of his home fans excites the Edinburgh native.
“It’s great news. It’s a great thing for fans, for boxers, for the city and everyone is going to benefit from this.
“Whenever Alex Arthur used to box in Edinburgh he used to get really good crowds, but it just wasn’t regular enough, because there wasn’t really a big enough stable of fighters… But now with MGM, they’re going to build a regular calendar of shows.
“There’s loads of young fighters in Edinburgh who are looking to turn over… Edinburgh should be a fighting city.”
With only a few weeks to go until Thain makes his first outing of 2015, the likable Scot promises fans a new and improved fighter.
“I’m the same guy, but I’m just going to be better. If that means being more ruthless, that’s what it’s got to be. If it means faster, stronger, whatever it takes I’m going to be better than before.
“Whatever I have done before hasn’t been enough and its about time I stepped things up. Because, before I thought what I was doing was good enough. It was in a sense, but now I’ve got to show more and I’m looking forward to showing people that I can do that.”by