ON THE ROCKY ROAD TO SUC­CESS

Sly Stal­lone’s iconic un­der­dog prov­ing all the in­spi­ra­tion needed for ris­ing ring star Ruby to make it to the top in the world of box­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Marc McLean

A 10-year-old Cam­bus­lang girl be­ing tipped as a fu­ture Scot­tish box­ing cham­pion is us­ing some spe­cial Sly Stal­lone in­spi­ra­tion for suc­cess.

Ruby Sam­son has been watch­ing re-runs of the clas­sic box­ing movie Rocky IV – which was re­leased 21 years be­fore she was even born.

The young­ster, who be­gan train­ing with Durie’s Gym in Ruther­glen two years ago, has watched the Rocky film count­less times with her par­ents and it keeps her mo­ti­vated to fight her way to the top.

And Ruby – a south­paw fighter just like Rocky – is go­ing all the way to the top, ac­cord­ing to her box­ing coach.

Durie’s Gym has pro­duced three fe­male Scot­tish champs over the years and coach Archie Durie is cer­tain the hugely tal­ented West Coats Pri­mary pupil is next.

He said: “As an ex­pe­ri­enced box­ing coach and ex-pro boxer my­self, it’s quite clear to me that Ruby Sam­son is go­ing to be the next Vicky Glover and be­come Scot­tish cham­pion.

“Ruby could def­i­nitely go all the way for club and coun­try, just like Vicky did when she ap­peared for Scot­land in the Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia this year.

“I al­ready see Ruby as be­ing that good.

“Her bal­ance, foot­work, hand speed, and co­or­di­na­tion are per­fect.”

Ruby trains at Durie’s four nights a week after school and some­times does ex­tra spar­ring on Satur­days.

Her club has pro­duced three Scot­tish women cham­pi­ons over the years in Cas­sidy Todd, Sinead Price-Greene, and Vicky Glover.

Vicky is a big in­spi­ra­tion to Ruby as she gave the young­ster her tro­phy from a box­ing bout last year.

Ruby has now ap­peared in three cub box­ing bouts at shows over the past 18 months, in­clud­ing last month’s sold-out show in the King’s Park Ho­tel.

Mum Emma ex­plained: “Ruby first started box­ing around March 2017.

“She wanted to get in­volved in the sport be­cause her big cousin Do­minic was do­ing it. She kept ask­ing us, ‘please can I go?’

“And when she did, she took to it like a nat­u­ral.

“She loves the train­ing en­vi­ron­ment and work­ing to de­velop her skills. It brings out the best in her.

“The Rocky IV movie played a part in her love for box­ing.

“She loves it, in fact we all do, and that helps in­spire her too. We’ve watched it loads of times.”

The fam­ily – dad James, mum Emma, and Ruby’s younger sis­ters, Scar­lett, seven, and Robyn, five – were on hol­i­day in Florida

in June. and while they were there, Ruby was pleased as punch to have her pic­ture taken with the Sylvester Stal­lone statue.

Coach Archie is sure Ruby has a bright fu­ture in the ring and said: “Ruby’s a real lit­tle char­ac­ter in the gym, with an an­swer for any­thing.

“She al­ways got a smile, but in the ring she is a dif­fer­ent per­son – se­ri­ous and fo­cused.

“She’ll be our gym’s next fe­male Scot­tish cham­pion, of this I’m sure.”

In­spi­ra­tionRuby pic­tured with the statue of her movie hero Rocky while on hol­i­day in Florida

Huge tal­ent Ruby Sam­son,

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