Jacobs goes crackers for gong

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

Gary Jacobs admits he was almost knocked out cold after being told he was being inducted into the Scottish Boxing Hall of Fame.

Glaswegian Jacobs retired from the ring in 1997 after an illustrious career which saw him become British, European and Commonwealth welterweight champion.

'The Kid' will be honoured on Sunday in Motherwell as the latest star name to join Scotland's greatest fighters. "I'm over the moon about this because when someone else recognises your achievements it means a lot," said the 44-year-old. "It came as a surprise because I've been retired a long time but to get rewarded like this is fantastic."

"I have so many great memories and I look back on it now and think how I fought at Caesar's Palace, Madison Square Gardens and Wembley."

Jacobs' most famous bout came in 1995 at Atlantic City where he lost out to WBC Welterweight champion Pernell Whittaker.

After that, Jacobs won just four of his next six fights before deciding to walk away from the sport - a decision which had a huge impact on his life.

"It's an absolute nightmare when you finish boxing," he said

"I know exactly how Ricky Hatton must feel at the moment to be honest.

"If it wasn't for the help of my friends Timothy and Robin Lovatt, I'd have found things very difficult.

"It doesn't matter how much money you have when you leave the world of boxing, you're always looking for that buzz."

Last updated: 10:25am, October 8 2010