Scott Dixon: I’ve been shot, stabbed and beaten near to death.. but now I’m fighting for a world title

BOXER Scott Dixon has been shot, stabbed, abducted and contemplated suicide.

But tomorrow, he is looking to complete a remarkable comeback by becoming a world champion.

It comes eight years after he was brutally beaten by a former school pal over a woman and left with two broken legs and a broken arm.

The Hamilton fighter thought about ending it all as he learned to walk again. After retiring, he emigrated to Malta in 2006 for a peaceful life, then he rediscovered his love of boxing.

Now Dixon – who was Brad Pitt’s body double in Snatch – has a shock WBU super-middleweight shot against champ Baker Barakat in Malta.

Yesterday, he said: “It’s already a great comeback. I am going to do this after all I have been through.

“After all the strife and the hardship, this is going to be nothing.

“I am just glad I am still here to tell the tale and have this opportunity to have a fight like this.”

Dixon – who first boxed aged eight – became famous for his Superman shorts.

He won a WBU International title and retired as undefeated Commonwealth welterweight champ in 2000 – aiming to claim the light-middleweight belt.

But Dixon fell to the 11th defeat of a 41-fight pro career a month before he was kidnapped.

He finds it hard to even talk about the attack which left him unable to walk for 18 months. The 35-year-old explained: “I retired in 2004 after being stabbed three times and shot twice.

“I was smashed with a baseball bat, abducted from my house and left for dead in the
countryside.

“That was my career over. It took me about a year and a half before I could walk again.”


Boxer Scott was left with two broken legs and a broken arm after the assault

 

At the time, Dixon said only his fitness saved his life at the hands of the sadistic kidnappers. He said: “I was left for dead.

“The people who did this at least made sure my boxing career was at an end.”

It took Dixon an agonising hour to drag himself to a house where he got help. He said: “I couldn’t see any way I was going to survive.

“The worst thing was being held down and deliberately having my legs broken.

“They broke one leg then I knew they would break the other one, too. Both legs were fractured in two places.”

Dixon also suffered a severe break in his left arm and doctors at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride put it together with a plate.

Bellshill man Garry McMillan, then 23, later admitted abducting him and smashing his legs with a hammer. He was jailed.

Dixon said yesterday: “I have to hold my hands up and say that after all this, my life spiralled out of control a bit.

“I got involved in drink and drugs and my life hit rock bottom because boxing was my be all and end all. I ended up in hospital and needed psychiatric help and I was in a very bad state.

“I hit rock bottom and I contemplated suicide. Then one day I thought, ‘I’ve had enough of this,’ and I decided to sort myself out. I dragged myself out for a run.

“I managed to get back on track. Hopefully I can have a good ending to it all.”

Dixon was happy to have exhibition fights in Malta but a pal at the German boxing association handed him his licence back – and a dream world title shot.

He said: “I moved to Malta in 2006 and I started doing unlicensed boxing and I was enjoying the quiet life. I had 40 pro fights before I retired and I was Commonwealth champion so I was reasonably good.

“I suppose people must have wondered what I was up to when I came back.

“I was ticking over and doing exhibitions when I decided to reapply for my licence with the German boxing association.

“I have a friend who is their president and holds a good position with the WBU.

“He said, ‘I can give you your licence,’ and I did that and he offered me a WBU title shot as well. I was expecting a couple of warm-ups but I am straight in there. But I am ready for this, make no mistake.”

If he wins tomorrow, he could come back to this country to make his defence and stand alongside WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns.

And the dad of two said: “I would love to come back and fight in Scotland.

“Hopefully if I win this I can go on to some nice big defences and you never know, I could come to Scotland and defend the title.”

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