Peterhead Amateur Boxing Club is set to welcome the former undisputed World Lightweight Champion Ken Buchanan MBE as guest of honour at its fundraising boxing night at the Palace Hotel, on Saturday, February 2.
The famous Edinburgh ace, famous for his yellow tartan shorts had an amazing 69 professional contests, losing only eight, four of which came at the very end of his career after he had retired for two years.
Buchanan’s career saw him box over 555 rounds while winning and defending his titles in arguably one of the greatest weight divisions and eras in history. He fought throughout the UK, including Wembley Arena, in Europe including Spain, Italy, France and Denmark, and further afield in Canada, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Japan, LA, Florida, and the famous Madison Square Garden’s (MSG) in New York an astonishing five times.
One of his battles at the famous MSG was against the then undefeated and hall of famer Roberto ‘Hands of Stone’ Duran.
The contest was controversially halted at the end of the 13th round, after the pair were still punching 20 seconds after the bell, which saw Buchanan downed with what appeared to be a below the belt. punch.
In 1970 Buchanan was the first ever Brit to win the coveted ‘Sugar Ray Leonard Trophy’ for the Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) Fighter of the Year, his predecessor and successor to this title was the legendary hall of famer ‘Smoking’ Joe Frazier.
To-date only two other Brits have managed to capture this highly-regarded title - Lennox ‘The Lion’ Lewis and Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton.
The sell-out event will see Peterhead’s boxers compete against clubs from throughout Scotland, featuring Juniors from 11 years old to seniors.
Club Chairman, James Price told the Buchanie: “Our lads have been training very hard for this, and they’re excited about boxing in front of a sell-out home crowd. The mood has been further enhanced with the news that Ken Buchanan will feature as guest of honour, and they have the opportunity to demonstrate their boxing skills in front of a true legend.
“We have a very entertaining night in store, which will see our local lads matched competitively with clubs throughout Scotland and will need all the local Peterhead support to give them a competitive edge.
“We have a great variety of ages, weights and abilities on show, with some lads making their debut and others who are Scotland Internationals.”