Boxer Ben McGivern has waited his whole life for his professional debut and he’s not about to give up on that dream.

McGivern was handed an opportunity by promoter Sam Kynoch to make his professional debut at the Crowne Plaza in March last year but it was cancelled just days before due to the pandemic.

The Coatbridge man had dropped from 15 and a half stone to 12 stone in a bid to prove his determination to re-launch his career.

He said: “I’ve been waiting so long to make my professional debut and I was just overwhelmed that Sam gave me that chance.

McGivern is signed to top Scottish promoter Sam Kynoch

“I was carrying a bit of weight but Sam said if I got down to light heavyweight then he’d sign me.

“I told him I’d go one better and get down to super middleweight and although he gave me 12 weeks, I managed it in eight weeks.

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“I was grateful for the opportunity so I will continue to put in the hard work because I’ve wanted to be in this position for years. I’ve not really been out of the gym since and everything is going great.

McGivern enjoyed a prolific amateur career and sparred with former world Champion Ricky Burns under the tutelage of legendary trainer Rab Bannan.

McGivern trained under legendary boxing coach Rab Bannan

At 33 years old, McGivern could have called it a day after a troublesome career but he wants to keep fighting.

He said: “It was so frustrating when the fight was cancelled and it would have been easy to give because of my age.

“All the other boxers that I fought at amateur level are retired, healthy with their feet up but that’s not my game.”

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