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James Moncur

Dundee pro boxer Paul Kean embarks on toughest training camp of his life

Dundee boxer Paul Kean is embarking on the toughest training camp of his life.

The 29-year-old is heading off to Tenerife in the build up to the biggest challenge of his career so far.

He is taking on fearsome puncher, Sulaimon Olagbade, at the Caird Hall at the end of this month.

The IBO Continental title is on the line and marks the Dundee native’s spectacular rise through the ranks.

Speaking to Dundee Live before he left for the Canary Islands, Paul revealed fighting in front of a home crowd will mark the highpoint of his stellar career to date.

He told us: “Fighting in Dundee as a professional boxer has always been one of my dreams and ambitions and boxing for an international title makes it even better.

“Although I bring a fantastic support to any part of the country I’ve boxed in this will a phenomenal crowd in my home town, and will mean the world to me.”

Paul is a top role model in the city, helping his dad coach the next generation of fighters at the family’s hugely successful Skyaxe Combat and Fitness Gym.

And he is following a long line of top fighters to train in Tenerife including Nigel Benn, David Haye, Amir Khan and James DeGale.

Paul is following top fighters like Nigel Benn to train in Tenerife. (LUSTIG LAWRENCE (Express/Star))

The island’s sunny climate and rugged terrain make it a favourite training base for many Olympic athletes with Mount Teide being the main draw.

At 3,718 metres this volcano is Spain's highest peak and is perfect for altitude training, which is most effective over 2,400 metres.

Paul said his strength and conditioning coach, Adam Lusby, has a few horror sessions planned for him on the mountain's slopes.

He said: “We are about to depart on a training camp to Tenerife for a week,with pre arranged sparring in 2 of the Islands top boxing gyms MTK and Dukes gym.

“My boxing coaches- my dad - Paul Kean Snr - and Craig Lusby and Adam will be with me, to make sure training is on point.

“I will be in the best shape of my life and plan on putting on a show for my home support.”

Paul - who is currently the Scottish and Celtic Superwelter weight champion and Celtic middleweight champion - added: “The IBO International belt is a huge title to compete for in my home town and I am delighted to get the opportunity and really proud to be bringing professional boxing back to Dundee.”

- More information on the fight and Paul's training can be found on the Skyaxe Gym Facebook page here.

Tickets for Paul’s fight at the Caird Hall on Saturday 30th April can be bought here.

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