Billy "The Butcher" Stuart dreams of blockbuster fights
This year has been one to remember for Billy Stuart after he clinched the Celtic title, becoming the first boxer from Macduff to win a professional title.
To top it off last weekend, he remained unbeaten in the pro ranks as he defeated Brett Fidoe at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Aberdeen.
Now the fighter dreams of being part of events like the Lee McGregor versus Kash Farooq Scottish blockbuster that took place in front of a sold-out crowd at the Emirates Arena and the TV cameras.
He said: “ I’m definitely dreaming of those type of fights.
“I think I thrive in that kind of atmosphere and love a big crowd it makes me switch on more.
“I definitely want big nights like that.”
The fighter is delighted to end the year with a win and is already targeting more title success next year.
He said: “I’m over the moon with that record.
“I now have 10 wins and I have always wanted to stay undefeated in my career.
“It has always been a dream to finish it like Floyd Mayweather and Joe Calzaghe.
“Nobody wants to get beat.
“His (Brett) height and size gave me a bit of a problem as he was really small compare to me.
“I kept to my game plan to keep it long and keep out of range.
“That’s what I’m wanting,someone pushing me through the rounds giving me a challenge and bringing out the best in me.
“I finished pretty strong so it was good to get six rounds.”
The super bantamweight fighter still prefers fighting away from home as he believes he performs better in hostile atmospheres.
Recalling from his amateurs days, he added: " As a amateur you are going to places like Russia and fighting the home boxer it is mental.
"It is brilliant once you beat them and the crowd are going mental.
"I live for those type of moments.
"I prefer boxing in people's backyards.
“I boxed 10 times better than at home for some reason.
“Maybe because I was use to it in the amateurs days and always away in different countries in hostile environments.
The boxer, who is on the books at the Northern Sporting Club, is happy with his development in the pro ranks.
He added: “I think I have developed alot since turning pro.
“This year I have upped my game and everything is starting to fall in place skill-wise and fitness levels.
“I would have wanted another title this year but that was my last fight of the year.
“I can’t complain as I’m only 21 years old and have time on my side.
“Next year I will be looking to push on even more than this year.”
Over his 10 bouts so far in the pro ranks, rising star Billy Stuart has appreciated the support he has been given in the ring.
He hopes that his fan support grows and grows as he progresses in his boxing career.
Stuart said: “I have got a good support as it is.
"I am getting support from people from Aberdeen and people from work they bought two tables at the last fight
"At this time of year alot of people can't afford it.
"I'm not going to lie it is a pretty expensive night out especially people travelling from my neck of the woods.
"Get a hotel, tickets and overall an expensive night for family but I do appreciate it.
“I understand that people can't afford it or have something else on.
"I'm happy enough with support I get and hopefully it gets bigger and bigger then I can start selling out arenas.”
Stuart is confident he could get the better of Scottish title holder Joe Ham who lost a WBA Continental title fight earlier this month.
The fighter sees weaknesses that he can target after watching him in action.
He said: "Domestically Joe Ham who has the Scottish title right now.
"He got beaten in the last fight and I see a few weaknesses that I can exploit.
"A few other guys and anybody can get it .
"I'm not going to back down for nobody.
"If they want me to fight them in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and or anywhere I don't care."
With only five weeks until Christmas, Stuart aims to keep to the diet and in shape over the festive season.
He told the Advertiser: "I prefer to keep training but it will not be intense.
"I train quite hard as it is.
"I will still train over Christmas and probably still keep the diet.
"I just to make sure I don't balloon up too much in weight.
"I think in my last fight for the Celtic Title I jump up about a stone it isn't ideal and took a while to get it off.
"It was muscle I ended up putting on.
"My height at a heavier weight isn't ideal because I'm small as it is."