King up for title defence

MOTHERWELL boxer Paul 'Charlie' King is set for his first defence of the Scottish lightweight title two years after he won the belt.

King (28) beat Stuart Green on points in January 2009, but his involvment in the Prizefighter tournament and then facing Lee McAllister for the Commonwealth title meant the Scottish strap went dormant.

Now, though King is due to face unbeaten Glasgow fighter Eddie Doyle in the new year and says he doesn't mind if that means training over Christmas.

King said: "I haven't received confirmation from my manager Tommy Gilmour of when the fight will take place so in the meantime I'll just keep ticking over and make sure I keep my weight down so that when when I get the call I'll be able to step up a gear.

"Before I faced Green I was in the gym sparring with Bary Morrison on Christmas Day and Boxing Day so I don't mind if it turns out I have to do that again."

Meanwhile, Motherwell featherweight Michael Roberts won his second professional bout with a points victory over Dan Carr at Braehead on Saturday.

On the same card Newarthill ABC's Commonwealth gold medallist Callum Johnson won his first professional bout by stopping Phillip Townley in the second round of their light-heavyweight clash.

Full story in December 9 edition of Times & Sepaker