Seconds out: boxing will draw the crowds to the West End

With just three months until the Commonwealth Games, boxers from all across Scotland are looking to impress selectors as they decide who represents the nation at this year's games.

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Over the last couple of years, Scottish fighters have been training hard and competing in high profile bouts and, with the added incentive of the games taking place in their own backyard, these athletes have been extra determined to secure their place on Team Scotland.

At the most recent Scottish boxing finals held at the Emirates Arena, with over 2000 fans in attendance, some of the fighters who could be competing for Scotland were on show.

Gorbals fighter Joe Ham looked very impressive as he beat Denbeath's Brandon Singh thanks to a hard left hook to the head and powerful left to the body to end the bantamweight clash. Edinburgh's Lewis Benson also looked good as he beat Connor Law in a close fight to win the welterweight title, while Lochend light-welterweight and Olympian Josh Taylor edged passed Greenock's Sam Bell.

All these fighters will be hoping they have done enough to convince selectors to pick them when the team is announced.

Boxing at this year's games will take place in the West End at a sold-out SECC, and the finals at the Hydro, with the first fight taking place on July 25. The sport is one of the most well supported events at the games and the atmosphere will be electric. There will be 13 different weight classes, meaning 13 different fights for gold medals.

Glasgow 2014 also represents the first time women's boxing will feature on the sports programme at a Commonwealth Games and, with London Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams set to compete in Glasgow, the women's boxing will be one of the highlights of the entire Games.

This year is also the debut for rule changes made at the International Boxing Association to introduce a 10-point scoring system and the removal of protective headgear to modernise the sport and make it more similar to its professional counterpart.

The Commonwealth Games and Olympics has often been the showcase for future stars of boxing to break out. After winning Commonwealth and Olympic gold for Canada in 1986 and 1988 respectively, Lennox Lewis went on to become one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time.

More recently, we have seen the likes of Anthony Joshua, Amir Kahn and Callum Johnson turning pro after success at these major competitions and Glasgow 2014 is the perfect place for future stars of the sport to be born.

Boxing at Glasgow 2014 looks to be one of the most exciting events at this year's Games. Scotland tends to pick up its fair share of medals at this sport and, with the support of the Scottish crowd behind them, we could see a home gold.

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