Paterson and Dalziel are going for gold

Greg Paterson and David Dalziel
Greg Paterson and David Dalziel

Peterhead boxers Greg Paterson and David Dalziel will be competing in the Open Scottish Boxing Championships next month.

Paterson and Dalziel, who fight for Granite City and Byron boxing clubs respectively, but also train with Blue Toon Boxing Club in Peterhead, will travel to Motherwell on February 14.

Greg, who will be fighting at senior level in the middleweight division, is looking to upset the odds and is aiming for a gold medal next month.

“I’ve boxed in the competition three times before when I was younger. I won the district title twice at light heavyweight and got to the final once.

“I took a few years out where I still fought once a year but didn’t train or work nearly as hard.” Greg, now 21, has been boxing since he was 12.

“I had a fight in Elgin last December which I won and that gave me confidence.

“If you look at the fighters there is a lot of experience and talent and some people might think I don’t have a chance.

“But I know I’m a decent boxer. I’ve got the underdog mentality and nothing to lose so I’ll be going for gold.”

David, who at 17 years-old will compete in the youth fights at lightweight, goes into the championships with a bit more pedigree than his friend Greg.

“I won this competition four times as a schoolboy at junior level but this will be my first time competing at youth level,” said the fighter.

David also confirmed his goal in the championship would be a gold medal.

“Going into it the aim has got to be gold!

“I’m hoping once again that I will be able to win the competition.

“There are some very good fighters I could come up against on the way and there will be some really tough fights.

“I know I will have to be at my very best going into the championships and I know if I box at my best that I’m capable of winning the gold,” added David.

The championship is organised by Boxing Scotland