Ahead of his next outing, his first in nearly ten months, Scott Westgarth is wanting a home outing on his native Tyneside, or anywhere in the north-east, later this year.
Sparring with, and appearing on the undercard of stablemate Sam ‘Speedy’ Sheedy’s Commonwealth middleweight title shot on March 24 at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge, Westgarth, son of former ten year veteran heavyweight, John Westgarth, is clamouring to make up for lost time.
“I’m not bothered who it is I fight, I just want to get back in the ring as it’s been nearly ten months since I last fought,” began Westgarth.
“I’ve had several fall by the wayside including a recent English eliminator so I’m just excited to finally have something concrete to go into as it’s been a little disheartening as you’re putting in a lot of work for very little reward.”
With stablemate Sheedy challenging for international honours Westgarth is aware that success will open doors for the rest of the gym, and with undefeated prospect, Tommy Frank, also on the undercard, it’s made for a busy, and exciting, training camp for the Geordie.
“We’ve all been training, sparring and doing strength & conditioning together so it’s been nice to know that you’re all fighting at the same time,” continued Westgarth.
“Sheedy is constantly learning both in and out of the ring and that ethic is rubbing off and helping me. He’s brilliant at what he does and, although he’s smaller, he’s really quick and has the tools.”
In fighting on March 24 Westgarth is under no illusions that he is heading towards a last chance saloon of sorts. Only entering the amateurs at 24 he turned professional at 27 and now, at 31 is short on time to make an impression and maybe pick up a few titles before he hangs up the gloves.
“As a late starter I said I’d see where I was at when I hit 32,” Scott stated.
“I’ll be 31 in July so it’s the time now in which to make the breakthrough. I just want to have fair fights and be able to push myself a little bit when I step through the ropes.
“I deserve some respect, want the fights, and would love to think I could challenge for the (light heavyweight) Area title this year.
“I’d love to fight back home (In Newcastle) but I know there’s a lot of logistics to work through but I’ve got some good sponsorship and a decent following, plenty come down to Sheffield, so who knows.”