Irvine Boxing Legend Paul Weir’s Remarkable Journey

Paul Weir, the Irvine-born boxer, etched his name in history as a two-weight world champion, putting his hometown on the map during an illustrious career. Born in 1967, Weir’s journey began at the legendary Springside Boxing Club, where he honed his skills as an accomplished amateur, winning Western District, Scottish, and European honors, while also competing in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and the 1991 World Championships.

Under the guidance of Tommy Gilmour, Weir made his professional debut on April 27, 1992, stopping Eddie Valejo in two rounds. His meteoric rise continued, and in just his sixth fight, Weir captured the vacant WBO minimumweight world title, stopping Mexican veteran Francisco Martinez in seven rounds at the SECC in 1993.

Weir’s crowning moment came in November 1994 when he defeated South African Paul Oulden over 12 rounds to lift the WBO light flyweight title in front of his adoring hometown fans at the Magnum. He defended that title the following April against tough Filipino Ric Magramo in what would be his last big Irvine fight night.

Weir faced his toughest test to date in November 1995 against South African icon Baby Jake Matlala. Despite losing a controversial technical decision, Weir got his rematch in April 1996 but was stopped by Matlala in the 10th round. He never challenged for the world title again but continued fighting until his retirement in 2000 at the age of 33.

After a stint in prison in 2003, Weir rebuilt his reputation as a highly-rated coach, working with notable fighters like Derry Mathews and John Simpson. In 2015, he moved to Dubai, where he continues to share his expertise through personal training.

Paul Weir’s legacy as a two-weight world champion and his impact on Irvine’s boxing scene will forever be etched in history, a testament to the remarkable journey of a true Scottish boxing legend.


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