A CARING pair of brothers are hoping to deliver a night of knockout entertainment at a charity boxing event in memory of a much-loved Johnstone mum.

Sam and William Wylie will stage the event at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre next month to honour their mother Mhairi, who died in 2014, at the age of 42.

Mhairi, who had battled cervical cancer, is much missed by her family, with Sam and William keen to honour her in a meaningful way.

And the siblings knew they had hit upon the perfect idea when 27-year-old

William suggested a fight night with pals from Renfrewshire Boxing Club, in aid of a cervical cancer charity.

Sam told The Gazette: “I have been boxing since I was nine and can remember that mum said I was brought into this world to do something with the sport.

“I can’t think of a better way to honour her memory.

“It was my brother who came up with the idea to hold a boxing match. We have been planning to do it for some time but we maybe just didn’t realise everything that was involved.

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“Now we are going for it.”

Sam, 22, said he has been delighted with the level of support from the local community as the boxing event takes shape.

And he believes Mhairi, originally from Campbeltown, would approve.

“This has brought a lot of people together,” he added. “I’ve been telling folk why we are doing it and where the inspiration is coming from.

“I’ve had a lot of messages of support and people volunteering to get involved, be that through selling tickets or helping out on the night.

“I never imagined I’d get this much of a reaction.”

The event will feature nine fights on the undercard before Sam and his friend Robbie Burns go toe-to-toe in the main event.

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Sam said: “Robbie and I have been friends for as long as I can remember and there’s no-one I would rather be boxing against on the night.

“He didn’t hesitate to say yes when I asked him.

“We hope to raise as much money as possible and make people more aware of cervical cancer.”

The boxing night takes place on Saturday, February 15, starting at 6.30pm.
Tickets cost between £20 and £30 and can be bought by calling Sam on 0759 341 3012.

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