BOXING and fitness gym owner Scott Lawton is relieved to be back in business after Covid-19 lockdown caused him to shut down.
The 43-year-old former champion professional boxer, from Cellarhead, is back on his feet again after taking the coronavirus outbreak full on the chin.
The virus restrictions, imposed by Government, not only impacted on his Stoke-on-Trent gym, but also caused him to refund 700 tickets sold for a boxing night he was promoting at Stoke's King's Hall.
Scott, a two-time English lightweight champion, who fought Amir Khan during his boxing career, said: "I am exciting about re-opening the gym, it's been a long-time coming.
"Everything has been painted and cleaned. I've done jobs that I didn't have time to do before the lockdown
Social distancing and cleansing measures have been introduced at Scott's Impact Boxing Gym, in Brocksford Street, Fenton, to comply with strict health and safety demands.
Scott added: It's great gyms are being allowed to re-open, not only for physical fitness but for mental health too. It helps to keep a positive mindset".