Mark Fairweather, formerly of Arbroath Amateur Boxing Club, will be making his professional debut on December 13 in the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow.
Mark (26) will be fighting on the undercard of Commonweath Gold medal champion Charlie “The Mailman” Flynn.
Mark’s trainer, George “Shug” Ramsay, told the Herald: “This has been a long transitional process into the professionals with all medicals, scans and licences obtained by Mark, and myself as Mark’s trainer.
“We are signed up by Alex Morrison Promotions and have obtained three excellent local sponsors, Mackie Motors, Arbikie Higland Estate and McCulloch Plumbing. We are also gifted a training facility from Martin Johnstone for our gym.
“Mark trains twice a day, six times a week, to get himself into peak condition, as the profession requires. He is the first professional boxer to come out of Arbroath since the late Barrie Lee, also trained by myself.”
Mark, who will be fighting at super-welterweight (11 stones), has trained hard for the last nine months to adapt to the “big transformation” required for the pro ranks. He is now on light work prior to Sunday’s bout, against the experienced Kevin McCauley from Brighton. McCauley’s last fight was against the unbeaten Joe Hayes, which resulted in a draw, but Shug Ramsay describes Mark as “ready to go”, thanks to his “perfect” training.
When asked if Mark was to have a ring name, like the man with whom he’ll be sharing a dressing room’s “Mailman”, Shug said: “Because of his exceptionally fast hands, he will be Mark “Lightning” Fairweather. Although any fight can potentially be any fighter’s last, and we are taking things one bout at a time, I feel Mark has a great chance in the fight game.”