News February 2010

Scott Lawton: I can win euro title


By Lee Collier

Scott Lawton, 27-5-1 (6), enters the ring for the biggest fight of his career on Friday in front of his fans in Stoke. Lawton has challenged both Jon Thaxton and John Murray for the British title and AmirKhan for the Commonwealth title. Whilst the three mentioned fights were all against top domestic opponents this Friday’s fight could be a make or break fight in the 33 year olds career.

Lawton is fighting for the vacant European super-featherweight title against the tough French based Russian Leva Kirakosyan, 31-5 (21) at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in front of his home town fans and Lawton is shocked that such a big opportunity has fell his way.

“I couldn’t believe it to be honest, I actually thought they were going to give me an English title to get me back into the title mix,” explained Lawton. “I never realised beating Derry [Matthews] would put me in such a good position and the Hatton’s want title fights on their shows and they have delivered what they said so it’s up to me to go out and win the title.”

Kirakosyan is no stranger to these shores having been defeated by Michael Gomez back in 2004 yet having two victories over Carl Johanneson with the latest being in 2007 and Lawton feels he has the style to beat the former European champion.

“This is the biggest fight I have had and will be the biggest fight Stoke had and I feel like I have a great chance of winning this fight too,” confided Lawton. “All my strengths are things this guy doesn’t like. He doesn’t like tall rangy fighters, he likes fighters like Carl Johanesson who stand in front of him and take his shots.

“I am not going to do that and I am using the kids to spar who have beat him already and box like me and they’ve given me good information on how to beat the Russian lad I’m leaving nothing to chance and I’m pretty sure I’m going to beat this kid.”

If Lawton is successful he is happy to fight whoever Hatton Promotions put in with him and feels that at the age of 33 he can’t waste any more time.

“I will defend the European title or if the Hatton’s want to push me further then I’ll do that. If they want me to fight some of their younger super-featherweights then I’m happy with that,” explained Lawton. “Andy Morris could be fighting for a British title soon so that could be a good fight for all of us. I just like fighting and I haven’t got too long left so I just want to get as many in as possible.”

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