Rhys shapes up for Cap­i­tal Col­li­sion

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San­quhar boxer Rhys Pa­gan is fight­ing fit for the “big­gest bout of his life”.

The 23-year-old Scot­tish Su­per-Mid­dleweight ti­tle-holder is tak­ing on Ed­in­burgh’s Tommy Philbin in Ed­in­burgh next Fri­day at the Mead­ow­bank Arena as part of a huge night dubbed Cap­i­tal Col­li­sion.

Pa­gan will fight for one of two Celtic ti­tles in a con­test which he knows can pro­pel his ca­reer for­ward.

He said: “I’m train­ing as hard as I can and I’m feel­ing as fit as I’ve ever been.

“A win would put me in the top 10 in my divi­sion in the UK, so this is def­i­nitely the big­gest fight of my ca­reer so far.

“I’m not too ner­vous yet but I’m sure that will come. I’ll try and use the adren­a­line to get me through the fight.”

Pa­gan’s op­po­nent has won his last three fights by knock­out, and the San­quhar man is pre­par­ing him­self for an on­slaught once the bell rings on Fri­day night.

He said: “We’ve seen videos of him and we know how he fights. They think they’re go­ing to knock me out and I’m guess­ing he’s go­ing to try and pull me into an all-out fight.

“I’m go­ing to be more de­fen­sive and try to hit good points off my jab. I’ve got to adapt to him but I’m con­fi­dent I can win this one.”

Pa­gan’s fam­ily and friends will be trav­el­ling across to the cap­i­tal with him, ex­cept his mum who says she’ll never watch him fight again af­ter see­ing him in the ring once be­fore.

He said: “This is a re­ally big op­por­tu­nity for me and I’ll have a lot of peo­ple there sup­port­ing.

“My coach Sam Mullen has been work­ing with me since

I was 12 so I’ll be hop­ing to do him proud on the night.”

Cap­i­tal Col­li­sion is set to be a his­toric night for Scot­tish box­ing as Gary Cor­nish and Stephen Sim­mons at­tempt to be­come Scot­land’s first Heavy­weight and Cruis­er­weight Bri­tish cham­pi­ons.

Pa­gan’s fo­cus is firmly on his own fight though as he aims to take the next step in his fledg­ling ca­reer.

Rhys Pa­gan Pre­par­ing for “big­gest fight of his life”

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