I have to put on a better performance than him,” said Jake, who boxes Michael Mooney on Friday’s show. “My dad is quite good, though. That’s the hard thing. I’ve watched him sparring some top amateurs and he’s doing well.
“Whether he fights again after this is his choice. The people fighting for titles in their twenties are all training two or three times a day. My dad hasn’t got the time to do that because he’s working with the Scotland amateur squad. But I think if he got offered enough money, and it was a good opponent, he would give it everything for eight weeks and manage it. He will know whether he’s got that in him anymore after this next fight.”
By the sound of it, his father already knows.
“It’s more than likely this will be the last one,” Willie conceded. “I last fought three years ago and haven’t done a lot of training since. The last 12 weeks have been good for me. They’ve allowed me to get back in shape. I’ve missed the training and I’ve missed training for something.
“If something good gets offered to me after this fight, that could change my mind. But, right now, this is my last fight.”
If it is to be his swansong, Limond, 41-5 (12), will at least go out having boxed on a night to remember. Better yet, due to his sons needing his support and guidance, as well as many other boxers in Scotland requiring the same from him, he will, going forward, have the necessary distractions to help fill his days. This, for any retired fighter, is invaluable; more important, perhaps, than belts on a mantlepiece.
“I’ll struggle,” he admitted, “because I’ve always been about it. I’ve got a job with Boxing Scotland and train four pros, including my boy, but participating and watching are two different things.
“I know when it’s over I’ll be sad. But I also know how old I am and know it doesn’t get any better. Anything I haven’t achieved in boxing is not going to be achieved now, at 43. I have to be realistic about that.
“I’ve had a lot of hard times as a pro. I used to work 12-hour shifts and still have to train. My advice to my boys, and to any young fighter, is this: live the life. You’ve got to train hard and look after your body and mind. Boxing is a rollercoaster, both emotionally and physically. It can f**king play with your mind like nothing else. I know the pitfalls. I fell down a lot of them.”