Bantaskine fight fan boxing clever for charity

Pat's home office is a shrine to Ricky Burns
Pat's home office is a shrine to Ricky Burns
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A big-hearted sales manager is boxing clever and using his connections to a Scottish world champion to raise cash for charities.

Pat Hoey from Bantaskine has been auctioning off pairs of boxing gloves signed by WBO champ Ricky Burns in his quest to help as many charities as he can.

So far thanks to Pat good causes have benefited to the tune of over £1000 after he sold a pair of Burns’ gloves to Ali Qurban, owner of the convenience store in High Station Road, for £450and gave a pair to Asda Falkirk who auctioned them at a ball in Edinburgh for Cash For Kids which raised £600.

He’s also planning to raise an even bigger knockout sum by auctioning a signed corner jacket belonging to Burns, the Coatbridge fighter who is considered one of the “nice guys” of the sport and a positive role model for young aspiring fighters.

Father-of-one Pat, a boxing fanatic who works for Keyline Builders Merchants in Broxburn, said: “Ricky is definitely one of the nice guys of boxing and is always asking what he can do to help charities.

“I grew up with his trainer Billy Nelson in Govan. I used to do a bit of boxing when I was younger but not any more. I go to all of Ricky’s fights and just thought I could help good causes through Ricky and he’s happy to help out in any way he can.”

Burns (30) is the current WBO Lightweight champion and former WBO Super-Featherweight and Commonwealth super featherweight champ.