HADDINGTON middleweight Iain Trotter said he was “very pleased” after maintaining his undefeated record on Saturday

Trotter, boxing on the undercard of Josh Taylor’s clash with Ohara Davies, saw off Bulgarian Borislav Zankov at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow. 

Trotter was comfortable throughout the bout against Zankov, whose pre-fight record of seven wins, 16 defeats and one draw suggested the Haddington man was the pre-fight favourite.

And afterwards, the 23-year-old told Courier Sport: “It’s another win and another step up the ladder.”

After a 40-36 win on points, the former Knox Academy pupil acknowledged he had work to do. 

He said: “I think I can improve a lot on the performance, I would score myself a C or a D to the level I know I can reach. 

“He was a tricky guy and he was a spoiler and I was falling into the trap every time.

“Maybe I got caught up in the occasion, but it is all good experience and it was still a comfortable win.”

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After a busy year which has seen the former stonemason inside the ring on four occasions since turning professional, Trotter is looking forward to a more relaxed summer.

“I know exactly what I need to do now and I’ll get back to the gym,” he said.

“I will be out [of boxing] for a week but then I’ll still be training because I just love to train.”

He is already looking forward to his fifth professional fight, which he confirmed to Courier Sport will take place in the Capital later this year.

Trotter said: “I will be back at Meadowbank in October, 100 per cent. I could be back earlier than that, though.”

A large contingent of support travelled from his hometown, and the ex-Knox Academy pupil thanked everyone for their backing.

He said: “People are jumping on board Team Trotter and I’ve had a great support from everyone – from the people who got on the bus tonight in Haddington and other people who are just spotting my name and getting behind me.

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“I’m just a 23-year-old laddie from the Nungate and it’s overwhelming.
“I really want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.”

He reserved special praise, and thanks, for his parents, his dad Tom, the Haddington and Lammermuir ward councillor, and mum Elaine. 

“I could hear them above everyone,” he joked, while adding: “My dad is not one to show emotion but he pulled me straight into a big hug and that is a great feeling for me.

Looking back on the fight, he insisted “there is much more to come”.