A Dundee fighter has signed a professional boxing contract with a stable boasting some of the world’s best talent.
Sean McKiddie, a student at Abertay University, has joined MTK Promotions, home to boxers like Tyson Fury, Billie Joe Saunders and Carl Frampton, and is set to make his professional debut in June.
Having trained in kickboxing since the age of 10 and competed in full-contact kickboxing for the past seven years, McKiddie has already won numerous titles with various associations (ISKA, WKA, EFK, WIMAAO, Golden Belt) and is one of the best established amateur fighters in Europe.
After working his way up through the amateur ranks, winning Scottish, Celtic, British, Five Nations, European, Commonwealth and World titles, the 24-year-old represented Team Scotland twice at the ISKA (International Sport Kickboxing Association) World Championships, winning gold in both Spain and Portugal in successive years.
Following his kickboxing success, McKiddie opted to make his semi-professional traditional boxing debut in February, securing a second round knockout and catching the eye of MTK scouts.
Despite the considerable time commitments to his sport, he is excelling in his BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning degree and is aiming to become a coach for combat athletes.
McKiddie said: “This is a great opportunity for me to make a career as a professional boxer, and see how far I can go in the sport.
“I am currently studying at Abertay with the aim of becoming a top strength and conditioning coach/trainer for combat athletes, a career that will go hand-in-hand with being a professional boxer.”
Abertay programme leader, Dr John Malone said: “Our BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning degree provides the ideal route into a career in sport, be that in boxing or any other discipline.
“Sean has worked incredibly hard to balance his boxing with university life and I’m delighted he has been picked up for a professional contract.”