Boxing champ on murder bid rap

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By Paul Thornton

A CHAMPION boxer has appeared in court over the attempted murder of a man in an alleged hammer attack.

Reigning Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Kenneth Anderson is charged with the attempted murder of David Togher.

It is claimed Anderson – who won Gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games – punched and repeatedly hit the 23-year-old in the head with a hammer during an alleged attack on June 23.

Anderson appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in relation to the incident which police said occurred around 8.20pm in Hay Drive in the capital’s Craigmillar area.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody overnight.

Prosecutors said they were keen to establish a particular detail and said Anderson would appear again today.

Mr Anderson, from Edinburgh, turned professional in October 2006 following his amateur success.

His last major bout was stopping Nathan King at the Bellahouston Sports Centre in Glasgow last March on points to preserve his run of 10 victories without defeat.

The Willowbrae-based boxer, who began boxing aged eight, fell out with his parents shortly before winning gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games three years ago.

It was reported that the then dad-of-three had fallen out with dad Benny – himself a district boxing champion – after losing his job with his father’s flooring business.

His mother Amanda, however, did turn up to congratulate him on his win at Edinburgh Airport.

Mr Anderson, who is now fighting at super-middleweight, teamed-up with legendary boxing promoter Frank Warren for the first time earlier this year.

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