Paul Peers: "I’m Elated To Be Fighting
Scott Harrison, The Test For Me Is Finally Here"
Earlier this week promoter Lee Mcallister announced that
Orkney based Paul Peers would be challenging former longtime
World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Featherweight World Champion
Scott Harrison, on the first of a proposed fortnightly
‘Behind Closed Doors’ series of boxing events for TV, as the
current COVID-19 lockdown regulations in the United Kingdom
Peers, whose record stands at seven wins and four losses,
had a bit of a checkered start to his career, losing four of
his first six fights, the turning point in his career came
in September 2018, when he challenged then unbeaten Craig
Kennerdale for the Professional Boxing Council (PBC) English
The fight was an all out war, one that Peers won by the
closest of margins - Judges scorecards read: Adrian Thorne
78-78, Mark Wakefield 78-76, James Ancliff 78-77 and was
rightly voted the 2018 ‘Fight of the Year’ at the British &
Irish Boxing Authority Year End Awards.
Since that victory Peers has been on a winning streak, that
has also seen him add further Championship belts to his
collection. In April 2019 Peers stopped Grigoris Dunecs in
the first round to secure the World Boxing League (WBL) and
European Boxing League (EBL) European crowns.
Five months later Peers stopped Nicaraguan Pablo Narvaez in
the third round of a non-championship contest, and just two
months later went the distance and secured a solid points
victory over Tanzanian hard man Amos Mwamakula, again in a
Then in March this year Peers secured the Professional
Boxing Council (PBC) International Crown with a fourth round
stoppage victory over Nicaragua’s Milton Arauz.
Speaking from his home in Orkney, Peers enthusiastically
spoke about the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the former
longtime WBO Featherweight King Scott Harrison.
“Well what can I say, I’m elated to be fighting Scott
Harrison, the test for me is finally here, it’s a fight that
could not have come at a better time.
“I have asked for the best and hardest fights since turning
pro, I’ve never wanted to fight journeymen, for me it always
has to be someone with a winning record, as I believe I can
box and fight.
“Since turning pro I have had some of the best experiences
sparring with some of the top pros out there at my weight.
“A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to get flown over
to Tenerife to prepare Liam Walsh to defend his titles
against Joe Murray and I was there for eight weeks training
and sparring with the Walsh brothers.
“To live, train and breathe boxing with them has taught me a
lot and I honestly believe I spent time with them for a
reason, now I say this because Liam Walsh is the last person
to beat Scott.
“It’s not a coincidence I believe, I spent three camps with
them, and it seems just for this very moment.
‘I have dedicated my life to boxing, I am thirty three in
September and I believe now I am in the prime of my boxing
“Stopping three of my last four opponents is good but
nothing prepares you for the type of fight Scott is going to
bring to me.
“I am ready for this test physically and mentally.”
Peers then went on to speak about his opponent Scott
“I have had a lot of people say to me Scott’s finished as
he’s over 40 years old, but my reply is always the same...
“When boxing is taken away from you, especially when you
live and breathe it, it’s heart breaking and mentally very
tough. NOW Scott’s been out for seven years, for whatever
the reason may have been doesn’t matter at all.
“If he’s hungry and if he’s as passionate as he says he is,
which I think he is, that says to me he’s dangerous.
“As they say a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter. Now I
have found it hard to stay positive during lockdown but in
the back of my mind I knew something would come along, it
always does and lucky for me it has and I have that fire
back and this is my opportunity to shine.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone
that’s made this fight possible, Gianluca Di Caro (BIBA Vice
President), you already know how much I appreciate you and
as for Lee McAllister (Promoter) I just could never praise
him enough, the man is working magic for me and I’m so very
grateful for what he’s doing for me.
“Finally I’d like to thank all my sponsors; Steven Logie,
Stewart Henderson, Kevin Casey, Magnus Flett, Thorfin
Craigie, Liam Roberston, Danny Baine, Steve Norris, and Paul
Bentley. They have all supported me over the last 2 years
and without them I wouldn’t be here and getting this
fantastic opportunity to share the ring with Scott.”
Harrison vs Peers will co-headline along with a Heavyweight
contest featuring Danny Williams, most famous for his 2004
knock out victory over Mike Tyson, against PBC International
Champion Lee Kellett.
Main support sees Orkney based ten time World Kickboxing
Champion Caitlin Foran making her Professional Boxing Debut
against York’s Carly Mackenzie.
The undercard also features Perth’s unbeaten Gary Wilson
facing off against Liverpool’s Scott McIntyre and Aberdeen’s
Liam Allan making his pro debut against Southend’s Dan
The event will take place in Aberdeen and whilst no date can
be announced at this time, it is anticipated that there will
be an announcement on Thursday this week by the Scottish
Government, regarding lockdown restrictions being reduced,
and then a date can be set for either late June or early
Earlier this week the British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA)
Vice President Gianluca Di Caro issued guidelines for
‘Behind Closed Doors’ events for Live Broadcast sanctioned
by the burgeoning organisation.
Mr Di Caro stated that “The series of events will take place
behind closed doors and without spectators in attendance.
“There will be mandatory COVID-19 testing for all taking
part or officiating the event and rapid result testing will
be undertaken at the venue.
“There will be full personal protection equipment for all
involved in the event, as well as hand sanitiser etc.
“Additionally there will be regular temperature taking
on-site for everyone taking part.
“Each boxer will be required to wear a surgical mask, which
can only be removed once they have entered the ring, however
the referee must keep his mask and surgical gloves on, along
with everyone ringside, including coaches, officials and
“Spit buckets will be replaced with enclosed containers
along with a funnel and tube, and full medical coverage,
including an air ambulance, will be on site.”