Frank Warren is backing Ricky Burns to bring big-time boxing back to Scotland.
The 27-year-old challenges Roman Martinez for the WBO super-featherweight crown on September 4 in Glasgow.
He could become his country’s first world champion since Alex Arthur lost the same belt to Nicky Cook two years ago.
Arthur’s loss ended an era for Scottish boxing, with former WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison another fallen hero.
But Warren believes that Burns can kick-start a new period of dominance, and will attract a capacity crowd to Kelvin Hall.
“It’s a big sporting weekend,” he said.
“The day before you have the new Scotland football manager getting the first (qualifying) match under his belt so they will be looking for big things from him.
“The next night we have our guy in there and hopefully he will do the business.
“So it could be a big weekend for sport for Scotland. We are back with a big one.
“We are giving Ricky Burns the opportunity to win the title in his own backyard.
“It has taken us a long, long time to get it together.
“We were waiting on dates from television. We had problems with the Puerto Ricans but everyone has been patient and I think their patience has paid off.
“Martinez was very reluctant to come over but at the end of the day we made him an offer, as they say, that he couldn’t refuse which was a big bag of money.”
Warren added: “Ricky has been very good.
“I know there has been times when he has been despondent and maybe thought his career was going in a different direction, but I promised him I would deliver this fight and I did.
“He could become the next big name in Scotland – not just as a boxer but as a sportsman.”
Written by Iain Axon visit www.frankwarren.tv/boxing for more fight info.