15 July 2008 – by Mark Doyle
Scott Belshaw has been handed a chance to avenge his first-ever defeat as a professional after being paired with Daniel Peret on the undercard of Danny Williams British heavyweight title defence against John McDermott in Dagenham on Friday night.
The 23-year-old from Belfast was outpointed by Peret in March but, after relocating to Chislehurst and changing his entire training team, will be determined to settle the score.
Belshaw is now being trained by Brian Lawrence, who promoter Frank Maloney believes is capable of turning the Northern Irishman into a major force in the heavyweight division.
“People forget what Brian Lawrence has done but he’s worked with former European super middleweight champion James Cook MBE, former WBO heavyweight champion Henry Akinwande, current British bantamweight champ and man of the moment Ian Napa, not to mention the revitalised Anthony Small,” he enthused.
“Lawrence is probably one of the best trainers to emerge in Britain over the last few years and has never been given the credit he deserves but I’ll make sure that he does if he can turn Belshaw into a champion.”