Scott vows Kash prep won’t cost him again..

Evening Times - - SPORT - By GRAEME McGARRY

WHEN a boxer suf­fers the first de­feat of their ca­reer, a pe­riod of soul-search­ing of­ten fol­lows, and even the nor­mally ex­u­ber­ant Scott Al­lan was no dif­fer­ent.

The Shotts fighter fell to his first loss at the hands of Kash Fa­rooq in Jan­uary, and he re­mem­bers well the shat­ter­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of sit­ting in the locker room af­ter­wards, towel over his head, ab­sorb­ing those un­fa­mil­iar emo­tions.

What was worse for Al­lan was the sink­ing feel­ing in his gut that he knew the loss was at least partly his own fault.

He ad­mits to hav­ing be­come com­pla­cent in the lead-up to the match, only com­plet­ing a four­week train­ing camp and un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally cut­ting cor­ners in his prepa­ra­tion.

But as he gears up for a re­match with the Glas­gow fighter on Septem­ber 9, Al­lan has vowed that will never hap­pen again.

In fact, he in­sists that he is in a bet­ter con­di­tion now six weeks out from the fight than he was the last time he got into the ring with Fa­rooq, and he is de­ter­mined to make amends for the worst night of his ca­reer.

“On the night of the fight against Kash, I was the first to con­grat­u­late him and hold my hands up that the best fighter won,” Al­lan said.

“I don’t want it to come across as sour grapes, but that was an ab­so­lute shadow of Scott Al­lan that stepped i nto the ring that night.

“I don’t know why, but I had be­come a bit com­pla­cent. Look­ing back, I don’t know what I was think­ing only hav­ing a four­week camp for that fight.

“I sup­pose I was think­ing that I would just turn up and walk through him as I had done to every­one else in my ca­reer to that point, but I did that by pre­par­ing prop­erly.

“Go­ing into that fight, I was skip­ping train­ing days some­times and if I didn’t feel like go­ing to the gym, I just wouldn’t bother go­ing. It’s crazy when I think back on it, and it’s not like me at all.

“It’s the first time and the last time that I will ever cut cor­ners in my prepa­ra­tion.

“It was a harsh les­son, but it might t urn out to be t he mak­ing of me.

“Rest as­sured, this time Kash will be fac­ing the best Scott Al­lan. I hope the best Kash Fa­rooq shows up again too, be­cause I know that even at his best he can’t live with me.”

THERE is an ob­vi­ous clash of styles be­tween the two fight­ers out of the ring, with Al­lan ever the show­man and Fa­rooq quiet and un­der­stated.

In the ring though, Al­lan be­lieves that his boxing style is markedly su­pe­rior to his op­po­nent’s, and he is des­per­ate to show up those per­ceived lim­i­ta­tions when the bout rolls around.

“I was on the same bill as him with my first fight back, so af­ter I won I watched him, and he was pedes­trian,” he said.

“He was so one-paced. I don’t know if it was be­cause he was fight­ing a jour­ney­man or what, but he was just throw­ing slow three-punch com­bi­na­tions and then do­ing it again and again.

“There were no power punches or any­thing like that, he was just plod­ding along. He’ll have to bring more vari­a­tion and more power if he is go­ing to trou­ble me.

“I know he doesn’t have that con­cus­sive power I’m not wor­ried he could knock me out at all.

“No harm to him but I should be beat­ing him ev­ery time if I’m in top con­di­tion, and I can guar­an­tee you that’s what he’s go­ing to be fac­ing this time around.”

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