Sporting glory provided a weekly newspaper with a splash after its patch celebrated a boxing champion’s historic victory.
The Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser dedicated its front page to Ricky Burns, whose win on Saturday night meant he became the first fighter in the nation’s history to win a world title in three different divisions – super-featherweight, lightweight and super-lightweight.
Coatbridge-born Burns was suitably impressed by his local paper’s coverage, and posted a picture of the front page, pictured below, on his social media accounts.
Advertiser sports editor Colin Paterson had been ringside at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow as Burns beat Italian Michele Di Rocco in front of around 8,000 fans.
Wednesday’s coverage ran to four pages and included an analysis piece by Colin alongside interviews with Burns, promoter Eddie Hearn and trainer Tony Sims.
The Advertiser has covered the boxer’s career since he started fighting as a youngster.
Editor Graham Miller said: “Ricky is the typical local boy done good. We congratulate him on his success which has been earned through a lot of hard work.
“We have covered Ricky’s fortunes from the days when he was a youngster at Coatbridge’s Barn Boxing Club and it’s incredible to see him become world champion for a third time.
“The historical aspect of his achievement meant he was more than worthy of his front-page billing. Working closely with the production desk, we feel we have produced a fitting tribute to a true champion.”