TWO top Irvine boxers hope to climb back into the ring in April after the plug was pulled on their much-anticipated fight night at the Lagoon Centre in March.

Ryan Collins had been scheduled to fight Ahmed Ibrahim for the Scottish Lightweight title and Brawley was set for a showdown with former Commonwealth champion Willie Limond in a light welterweight contest at the Paisley venue on Saturday, March 3.

However Limond withdrew through injury last week, along with another fighter Sam Ball, making the boxing night unviable.

But the Collins fight has been rescheduled for Glasgow's Radisson Blu Hotel on April 19 and Brawley hopes he could also be in action that night.

Collins had been hoping for a rematch with Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Charlie Flynn at an event run by former world champion Barry McGuigan on the same night following the cancellation of the Lagoon event and called him last Thursday, seeking a fight.

However he has not heard back and thinks it seems unlikely there will be a rematch of their Celtic title, which ended in a technical draw at the Hydro last April following a clash of heads.

Collins told Sportscene: "I'm extremely gutted the fight night has been called off as I've been working very hard in training preparing for it. I heard Charlie Flynn was looking for an opponent at the Hydro and that's why I called him out. I'm disappointed he hasn't come back to me.

"But I'm now preparing for the rescheduled fight. I've spoken to my promoters and hopefully there's a chance I could win two belts that night if I win - a Celtic one as well as the Scottish belt. Then it would be up to Charlie Flynn to call me out for a fight after that. I will intensify my training nearer the time and am confident I can win. I also believe I could beat Charlie. Hopefully that fight could still happen somewhere down the line."

Meanwhile Brawley admitted the cancellation was a real setback and added: "In boxing injuries can happen and I can't shout about it as I have had to pull out of a couple of fights. But we have to accept Willie Limond is injured. I was really looking forward to it, I'm gutted. I won't be chasing another fight with him, put it that way. I won't be around forever and want fights. I will talk to my promoters and it would be good if I could have an opponent at the show at the Radisson the same night as Ryan. It will be a boxing dinner and you can't sell tickets as easily for it. My training has been going well and I will keep working hard."