They’ll come from afar to back boxer Billy

WEE Billy Lavelle will have support from Scotland, Ireland and Chichester when he gets back in the ring this month.

Lavelle boxes on manager Mickey Helliet’s value-for-money ‘Collision Course’ show at the Camden Centre – opposite King’s Cross Station – on Saturday, April 28. The bill is topped by all-action lightweights Ben Murphy and Phil Gill going toe-to-toe in a British-title eliminator.

The 20-year-old says he can’t wait to have his second professional fight after flu forced him to pull out of a show in February.

Dad Gerry, who runs St Gerards ABC in Chichester, was born in Greenock – ten miles outside Glasgow – while mother Geraldine hails from Belfast. Lavelle is named after his uncle Billy, who had more than 50 bouts.

Billy senior is a trainer at the Chichester club and should be at ringside to see ‘Wee’ Billy have his second professional fight.

Lavelle is taking pre-fight inspiration from the history books. He was beaten on his professional debut last October after late changes of opponent and weight wrecked his preparations.

Lavelle said: “I just want to put that behind me and get my first win. A lot of people would have walked away after what happened, but I love boxing and have stuck with it.

“Boxers hate losing and I will do everything within my power to make sure it never happens to me again.

“But I know other boxers have lost their debuts and gone on to achieve big things. Bernard Hopkins put it behind him to be an all-time great and Johnny Nelson lost his first three fights and went on to be the world’s No 1 cruiserweight for years.”

Tickets for the show are available on 07922 630270.