Boxing legend Roberto Duran was in Mossend recently as Fighting Scots Gym gained official membership of the European Boxing Federation (EBF).
The gym has worked with the EBF to promote a number of shows at the Alona Hotel for semi-professional and novice fighters.
Head coach Frank Gilluley was also named as a certified EBF instructor.
He said: “The EBF representatives visited the gym on several occasions and we had to meet certain criteria.
“It’s good to be involved with them because everything is done properly, a lot of the ‘white collar’ events get a bad reputation, but through the EBF it’s all very professional.
“I come from a martial arts background so I’ve various accrediations from that, but this is the way we’re going and happy to move forward with them.
“The big picture is to run shows all over Scotland, but at the moment everything we do helps to maintain the club.
“We want to open it to as many people as possible and hope to get funding for an extension, but it’ll take time.”
The gym has installed a giant training rig for strength and conditioning work.
Gilluley said: “It can be used for chin-ups, dips, elevated pressups, box jumps, monkey bars and it’s something you won’t get anywhere else.”
Gilluley was delighted to meet former five-weight World champion Duran.
He said: “He was very nice and very down to earth, a real gentleman, I was a fan of him and he was great to meet.
“He was impressed with the facilities here and wished us all the best for the future.”
Fighting Scots would like to thanks sponsors Bruce Solicitors, Athena Print & Design, Scottish Property Centre, Auto Gleam and Joker Bar.