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Boxing promoter plans big fight nights in Scotland

Sam KynochBoxing promoter and trainer Sam Kynoch, who is managing a new professional organisation to help grow the sport across the country, is planning his next big fight night in Edinburgh.

Kynoch, who traded a promising career in the legal profession to allow him to commit full-time to boxing, was recently hired as head of MGM Promotions Scotland, based in Glasgow.

The inaugural MGM Promotions Scotland event, with David Brophy among those on the bill, took place in front of a packed crowd in Glasgow earlier this month and the next fight is scheduled for this month in Edinburgh.

Kynoch, who previously ran the successful SK Boxing Promotions, has also launched an MGM Scotland Dinner Club to help attract funding that will support aspiring boxers within his stable. Its first flagship event is at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on 29 October.

The 28-year-old sees hundreds of young boxers attend his gym on a weekly basis. He said: “This is a landmark moment for me and I hope it is the same for the development of boxing in Scotland.

“The joint venture with Macklin’s Gym Marbella [MGM] and the creation of the brand MGM Scotland provides a brilliant platform from which to grow the sport, increase awareness and attract funding to support the next generation of Scottish boxing.

“Boxing in Scotland has a wonderful history and with a little imagination, no end of hard work and the right partners there is no reason it can’t scale those heights again. To fulfil our ambitions it is vital we attract new streams of revenue into the sport and that is exactly what the MGM Scotland Dinner Club will hope to achieve – and I’m really encouraged by the talks I’ve had with a number of companies already.”

Kynoch first caught the boxing bug as a 12-year-old when he joined Perth Railway Amateur Boxing Club and went on to have glittering amateur career. As a boxer, he had 50 contests and won several national titles, including the British Universities Championship.

While studying he founded SK Boxing Promotions in 2008. The first event was held at a gym with just 30 spectators, but subsequent events grew in stature, attracting more than 500 dinner guests and public shows with more than 1,000 attending.

Kynoch, who left Dundas & Wilson in 2012 to pursue his new career, was also able to attract some of the sport’s biggest names, with Ricky Hatton and Evander Holyfield appearing as speakers at SK Boxing Promotions events.

He said: “I certainly took an unusual path to get where I am. Boxing was taking up so much of my time that I had to make a decision. For me, I am never going to go into anything half-hearted so I had to leave behind my career as a lawyer to fully focus on boxing and now on building MGM Scotland into one of Britain’s biggest professional boxing organisations.

“I was definitely at a crossroads but when it came down to it, there was no doubt in my mind. I had to do this. MGM Scotland isn’t just a 9 to 5 job. When I am not working on the next event, I am in the gym training fighters. It’s constant but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a thankless task sometimes but I always aspired to be a promoter.”

As well as Brophy among the boxers currently under Kynoch’s wing are two-times British Champion David Barnes and promising up and comer Gary Murray, along with the likes of Gordon Brennan, Mark Kerr, Ross Henderson and Lewis Benson. 

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