Willie is confident he can toast title triumph in last-chance saloon

WILLIE LIMOND has one prediction for his big Commonwealth light-welterweight title bust up with Glenboig's Eddie Doyle – and that is he will win.

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Willie Lomond is ready for his 40th fight
Willie Lomond is ready for his 40th fight

In what will be his 40th fight, the 33-year-old will attempt to win his second Commonwealth title in the top-of-the-bill contest at the St Andrew's club's Burns night show on January 21 at the Radison which is already a 700-crowd sell-out.

Limond admits he has extra motivation to claim the light-welterweight version of the Commonwealth title five and a half years after he lost the lightweight version in controversial fashion to Amir Khan.

Yet with this tie representing the classic veteran versus up-and-comer match-up, Limond's belief that he can prevail in what could be the last-chance-title saloon for him is palpable, in what will be the 94th title fight staged by the St Andrew's club.

He said: "I believe I have unfinished business with the Commonwealth title.

"I lost the lightweight version back in the summer of 2007 against Khan in controversial circumstances when he got the benefit of a long count and came back to stop me.

"I know that for Eddie this is a big chance, but for me it is my last chance. I will win and will do so because I must win. Lose and I have nowhere left to go, it is that simple.

"I am confident in my ability to become a champion again.

"It is fitting that for me, in what will be my 40th fight, on the 40th anniversary of the Ken Buchanan versus Jim Watt fight at the St Andrews club, I have the chance to win a Commonwealth title back again."

Limond added: "The big positive for me is that the extra five pounds in moving up to light-welterweight from 9st 9lbs has made a huge difference.

"My trainer Peter Harrison believes I am punching and moving quicker and sharper than I have done for years. That will be the key against Eddie Doyle."

St Andrew's supremo Tommy Gilmour believes that the all-Scottish punch-up is a fitting addition to his club's title-fight legacy.

He said: "The interest in this fight is not just Scottish, but UK wide. We have had some great fights at the St Andrew's club going back to Watt and Buchanan and having showcased the likes of Pat Clinton, Paul Weir and Scott Harrison.

"I am delighted to say that this fight will set a new record for the Radison, just as we did at the old Albany with Stevie Boyle."

Meanwhile, speaking after his big-hearted donation of 200 pairs of hats and gloves to the City Mission, Limond admitted his January title tilt had provided him with the motivation to make a difference this Christmas.

He said: "I have been lucky in landing a title fight in the new year and it just made me keen to do something to help those less fortunate than myself."

City Mission fundraising manager Graham Steven thanked Limond for his generosity.

He said: "We are delighted to accept this generous donation of hats and gloves and a big thanks goes out to Willie Limond.

"It's fair to say that we are experiencing unprecedented levels of demand at the moment for our services and this big-hearted gift will help keep our people warm.

"It also sends a message out that someone cares for their wellbeing."


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