Rhys shapes up for Capital Collision
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”