ANDREW Mackay insists he is ready to go all the way to the end once more when he takes on Polish-born and Aberdeen-based opponent Marek Laskowski for the vacant Scottish lightweight title next week.
The two go head-to-head next Thursday at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel in a rematch for the vacant Scottish area title.
They battled it out over 10 pulsating rounds at the same venue in June, with the judges deciding it was a draw after Laskowski suffered a cut eye in the second round, requiring a few stitches.
The Inverness boxer, (25) who has six wins from eight professional fights, knows that having been in the ring with him, that he can go the distance without being drained.
So, as The North Star looks to become the first boxer from the Highlands to win a professional national title, he will be up against a southpaw rival who aims to be the first Pole to win the Scottish belt.
“Marek’s a tough guy and he’s certainly got the engine to go the distance,” he said.
“He’s shown that he can take a good shot and there’s no doubt that he’ll be there for the 10 rounds.
“However, I have gone the 10 rounds with him now and my boxing and the way I think in the fight has improved as has my punching technique and my delivery.
“I think now that when you are training it’s 90 per cent physical and 10 per cent mental, but on fight night it’s 90 per cent mental and 10 per cent physical. I know what’s required. I’m big for a lightweight and I’m ready in terms of fitness, so the fight can’t come round quickly enough.”
The rail engineer rubbished claims by Laskowski that the Radisson Blu is like a home venue for him, having fought six of his eight pro contests there.
“I would have fought him in Aberdeen and I even put that to my management in terms of a quick turnaround, but Glasgow was agreed to be the venue,” said Mackay. “I have never had one fight yet in Inverness, so I’d love to win the title and defend it back in Inverness. That was be an ideal thank you to the core support who give me tremendous backing in every fight.”
Mackay, who has sparred recently with southpaws like Laskowski, says he has flourished since working in Colin Bellshaw’s gym in Johnstone and says being backed by the Crookston Hotel in Glasgow, who allow him to stay there at weekends as he trains has “been a really big help”.