Watt a night to mark St Andrew's birthday bash

WILLIE LIMOND will walk in the footsteps of Scottish boxing legends when he enters the ring to mark four decades of the St Andrew's Sporting Club.

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Scotland's most famous boxing institution will commemorate its landmark anniversary on January 21 when Glaswegian Limond goes toe-to-toe with city rival Eddie Doyle.

At stake will be the Commonwealth light-welterweight title. But the Everest-sponsored night will also be an occasion to reflect on the St Andrew's Club's most famous fight night.

It will take place 40 years after Ken Buchanan and Jim Watt slugged it out over 15 torrid rounds for the British title to mark the club's first show.

And promoter Tommy Gilmour was quick to draw on the parallels between the two fights ahead of a show that was on course for a sell-out before the names of the top-of-the-bill fighters had even been announced.

Gilmour said: "It is amazing to think back 40 years ago to the show where Ken Buchanan met Jim Watt for the British title at our inaugural promotion.

"I am absolutely delighted to be announcing another major title fight to mark that occasion.

"The fact that we have two Glaswegians, two Scotsmen in Willie Limond and Eddie Doyle meeting for another major title to mark the anniversary could not be bettered.

"The fascinating aspect of this is there are more than a few parallels between the two fights, even though there are four decades between them.

"Going back to 1973, you had Buchanan coming off the loss of his world title to Roberto Duran facing the up-and-coming Jim Watt with the Lonsdale Belt on the line.

"With the all-Scottish ingredient in there, we got a cracker that went 15 rounds and had everyone on their feet.

"Now we have Willie Limond, who has only ever been beaten by champions, coming into a fight with the unbeaten up-and-comer Eddie Doyle, who is out to make his name by taking Willie's scalp.

"So it is a fitting fight for us at the St Andrew's Sporting Club to commemorate a momentous occasion in our history."

The fight will happen because the injured Lee McAllister has vacated the Belt, but the Aberdeen Assassin will meet the winner of the all-Glasgow bout.

Limond said: "I will be training as hard as I did for Amir Khan."

Doyle added: "I want to beat the best and boxing Willie is a great opportunity to achieve that."

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