Craig McEwan with trainer Freddie Roach
Scottish Middleweight Craig McEwan’s impressive career rolls on tonight as he takes on experienced veteran Danny Perez in Temecula, California.
The Edinburgh born Southpaw, 28, has a perfect 18-0 record with 10 knockouts and aims to put himself in the mix for world titles with another dazzling performance.
Craig started boxing at the age of seven when his father Rab, a former amateur boxer himself, laced up a pair of gloves on Craig and he was hooked.
Craig’s father started boxing at the ripe old age of 33 and went on to have over 100 amateur fights as well as representing Scotland.
McEwan’s first amateur fight was at the age of eleven and he went of to have over 370 amateur fights, gaining valuable experience from his endeavours.
He won the European under 19’s in Sardinia in 2000 and then stepped up to fight for Scotland at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, bringing home a bronze medal.
Craig (2nd right) winning a Bronze medal 2002 Commonwealth Games
In 2005, Craig broke a Scottish National record by winning his third gold at International level and decided the time was right to turn pro.
One of Craig’s friends, boxing coach Terry McCormack had not long been home from a visit at Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Gym in California and suggested that Craig went over to have a look at another way of training.
In 2005, McEwan travelled to Hollywood for a month long camp and their was an instant mutual respect and understanding between Craig and Wildcard’s legendary trainer Freddie Roach.
Freddie asked Craig to stay and turn professional in America but the Edinburgh man had already promised to represent Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Craig stayed true to his word and had high hopes for a gold medal at the games, He went out in the quarter-finals though and came home disappointed.
His thoughts then switched to America and Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Gym, He flew over shortly after his Melbourne disappointment in August 2006 and immediately signed to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
Craig meets hero Sugar Ray Leonard
Just one month later, His professional debut was organised for of all places, the MGM grand in Las Vegas but Craig showed no nerves whatsoever and dispatched opponent George Montalvo in the first round.
Since then McEwan has raced to 18-0, beating decent pro’s such as Brian Vera of US Contender fame and unbeaten prospect James Parison, whilst fighting at some of the greatest boxing venues in America.

Watch Craig McEwan in action on US TV

Trainer Freddie Roach has been quoted as saying “Craig could fight for a world title by the end of the year” so victory tonight is imperative.

His opponent, Danny Perez has a 34-7-0 record and has lost twice to former WBO and IBF Welterweight champion Antonio Margarito, although he did knock Margarito down in their first meeting and went the distance in both fights, so it should be a tough nights work for McEwan.
Craig is a massive football(soccer) fan and hopes one day to fight for a world title at his beloved Hibernian’s home ground.
“Golden Boy promised me a title before the end of the year, They keep saying 20 and 0 so if I come through this that will be 19 unbeaten.”
“My dream’s still to fight at Easter Road, I told Oscar De Loya that, so hopefully we can make it happen.”
Catch McEwan v Perez live on SoloBoxeo tonight from 7.15pm (PDT) 3.15am (BST)
Check back on www.britishboxers.co.uk for live feeds.

Phil D Jay reporting for British Boxers

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