Nick Campbell aims to impress against McFarlane on Taylor-Catterall


The Scottish Heavyweight Championship was last contested in 1951: George VI was King; Ezzard Charles was world heavyweight champion; Nat King Cole had the hit Too Young; Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh lit up the big screen in A Streetcar Named Desire; Tottenham Hotspur were Football League champions and the VCR was invented.

Now, 71 years later, the “vacant” tag will be dropped from the title when Glasgow giants Nick “The Glasgow Warrior” Campbell (4-0-0, 4 KOs) and Jay “The Ghost” McFarlane (12 -5-0 , 5 KO’s) collide for the Caledonian mantle on the undercard of the Unified World Super Lightweight title clash between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall on Saturday February 26, promoted by BOXXER and Top Rank, at the ‘OVO Hydro, Glasgow, live and exclusive on Sky Sports.

When Glasgow rivals George Stern and Hugh McDonald contested the title at the Recreation Ground in Alloa on 22 June 1951, Hibernian FC won the Scottish A Division title; future Prime Minister Gordon Brown was born and future boxing legend Ken Buchanan was only six years old.

Stern emerged victorious that night by winning in the seventh round after McDonald was disqualified for a low blow, but both Campbell and McFarlane promise to deliver a more conclusive end to their fight.

Campbell, a former professional rugby player with the Glasgow Warriors and Jersey Reds, won four perfect fights unbeaten winning all by knockout in just eight rounds of action. The 6ft 7in giant is also on a mission to become the first Scotsman to win the British heavyweight title.

“It’s a massive fight card and a brilliant opportunity to shine in my hometown and live on Sky Sports. I’m shocked the title hasn’t been contested for so long, but it will be firmly around my waist. at the end of the fight,” Campbell said.

“McFarlane is a badass, but he’s just another guy who gets in the way of my goal and what I want to achieve in the sport. My goal is to put in a thorough pro performance and get that stoppage The British title is my aspiration, one step at a time however, McFarlane is my first step to securing the Scottish title.

McFarlane has had many ups and downs in life during his 23 years, but the larger-than-life character sees this as another step towards his dream of becoming a champion. At the age of 10, he spent time in a Caribbean orphanage with his brother after a vacation where his parents were arrested for drug trafficking.

He was living in temporary accommodation when he signed his first pro contract and after just two wins he earned a spot on Gennady Golovkin’s undercard against Daniel Jacobs at the iconic Madison Square Garden and was then back in his ‘scattered apartment’.

“Campbell can’t beat me, when my head is straight, the only person who can beat me is me. He might be 6ft 7in and a monster, but everyone is the same size when “They’re lying. It makes no difference to me, I have the experience and the power over him and it’s a golden opportunity for me to get to where I want to be,” McFarlane said.

“It’s the fight of my life, winning the Scottish heavyweight title for me will be more important than Andy Murray winning Wimbledon. I’ve been through a lot in life but boxing has been my savior and I want to make history in a sport that has done me good.

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