Boxer Gary Rae says he’s proud of the support he’s received from the Barrhead community as he gets set for his biggest fight yet this week.

The 29-year-old will be on the undercard of Josh Taylor’s defence of his WBC silver super lightweight title against Winston Campos, after Humberto Soto was forced to withdraw through injury.

The bumper bill will feature some of Scotland’s best fighters at the Hydro on Saturday.

Despite still not knowing his opponent, and with it only being a four-round contest, the super-bantamweight fighter has sold over 200 tickets, saying the backing he’s had has been “phenomenal”.

He said: “It’s a phenomenal turnout, and I never expected to be selling 200 tickets at the Hydro just for a four-rounder.

“But it’s maybe a sign of great things to come if I can maybe keep doing well and keep getting on bigger shows and bigger fights, maybe title fights, who knows? It’s looking good.

“I remember an amateur show at Barrhead I sold 115 tickets at the Barrhead Sports Centre, and I thought that was great.

“Those tickets were only £15, and to have sold as many tickets I have, with some at double or over triple the price, I can’t believe it. I can’t thank the people of Barrhead enough. I can’t wait to see them all and thank them.”

His older brother has even designed a Saltire with his name on it which will be taken to the night on Saturday.

And he feels his prep has been second to none, with the 29-year-old having only a short break since his last fight against Craig Derbyshire in January.

He added: “Training has been really good it’s just about tapering it down now, all the hard work has been done over the last couple of months, especially coming off the last fight I’ve only had about four days off from the gym. The training didn’t really stop, and I’ve just maintained a great level of fitness, and it’s just about making sure my weight is OK.”

Rae will be at Friday’s public weigh-in at St Enoch’s Centre at 1pm, and urged his supporters to get in early on Saturday, with his fight likely to be one of the early ones of the night.

If you would like to purchase tickets for the night, contact the fighter on 07581 452557. Gary also thanked sponsors Jim Price and Acre Industrial, Brian McCulloch at FBM Contract, the Tenement Bar for their support.