MGM have their first show of the year on January 28th at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza hotel. The bill includes a four course meal accompanied by four boxing contests and is the second installment of MGM Promotions Scotland’s Boxing Dinner Club launched last year.
MGM Promotions Scotland figurehead Sam Kynoch answered questions regarding the upcoming Burns Supper Event and what lies ahead for MGM Scotland this year,
The Dinner Club concept launched last October. For those who are unfamiliar, what can they expect from the Burns Supper event?
Guests at our Burns Supper event will enjoy a drinks reception upon arrival, a 4 course dinner and 4 excellent boxing contests. With it being a Burns Supper we will also have a piper for the event plus Robert Burns recitals. This will be an annual event and I feel that it is both an added element of entertainment for guests and a night which is important for Scotland as a nation to celebrate. The event is open to both men and women; and to the casual boxing fan as well as our corporate members.
Stephen Simmons tops the bill, what do you see for ‘Simmo’ this year?
I see 2016 being an excellent year for Stephen. He is working very hard in the gym with Gary Jacobs and he has made some massive improvements in recent months. After his 6 round contest in January he will have a 10 round contest in his hometown of Edinburgh against a very highly rated opponent on 12 March. We hope to be able to announce the details of Stephen’s opponent for March immediately after the Burns Supper event.
One of the fighters you train Marc Kerr is boxing in his fourth pro contest, is it difficult balancing training and promoting responsibilities?
Yes – very! It is hard on a day to day basis because of the coaching commitments being balanced with my promotional duties, my work as a University tutor and family life – but is even harder where I also have boxers competing on an bill which I am promoting. I currently train Marc, Gary Murray (6-0 Welterweight) and David Barnes (although David has been sidelined due to injury since his last contest). Going forward I am not looking to train more boxers and Gary Jacobs will be taking on the other boxers who train out of MGM Scotland.
What are your expectations of Marc, Stephen Tiffney and Thomas Dickson on the 28th show?
I am expecting strong performances from each of them. With Marc I am sometimes overly critical because I am his coach, but his last performance was not as good as I would have liked so he needs to improve on that and show the same form he has been showing in the gym recently. Tiffney is a very calculated boxer and he has impressed me in a big way in his first two outings – so I expect more of the same from him. He has been sparring with Carl Frampton for a week in preparation for the contest and knows we are going to move him along quickly – so he will be looking to shine. Dickson boxed very well in his debut against a tricky opponent so we will be looking for another solid display to rack up pro win number 2 in as many months.
Looking ahead to the show on February 27th at Bellahouston Sports Centre, what insight can you give Scottish fight fans into that event?
It’s shaping up to be an excellent bill, with three of Scotland’s very best pros spearheading the line-up. We have Michael Roberts Jr and David Brophy in 8 round action, while Iain Butcher makes his return to the ring following an injury lay-off over 6 rounds. The undercard will feature Gary Murray, Marc Kerr, Adam Mackenzie and Falkirk’s Stevie Beattie making his highly-anticipated debut.
Burns Supper event is definitely heading towards a sell-out for this event so fans should get their tickets straight away from any of the boxers on the bill or via Ticketmaster.