Subject(s): Ken Buchanan
Location: Little King Street, Edinburgh (Little King Street will act as a temporary site before the statue is relocated to a permanent home at the redeveloped Picardy Place island at the top of Leith Walk)
Sculptor: Alan Herriot
Status: In Situ
Plaque: KEN BUCHANAN MBE. Born 28 June 1945. Ken Buchanan of Edinburgh is regarded as one of Britain's greatest ever boxers. A genuine international star who topped the bill ahead of Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden, he defeated Ismael Laguna in Puerto Rico on 26 September 1970 to become world lightweight boxing champion. On 12 February 1971 he also defeated Ruben Navarro in Los Angeles to become undisputed lightweight champion of the world. An immensely talented and skilled craftsman who fought the very best of his generation and gave pleasure to millions as Scotland's first truly global fighter, Ken was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the year 2000 in recognition of his outstanding achievements. This statue was commissioned by the Ken Buchanan MBE Foundation and was unveiled by the former Lord Provosts of the City of Edinburgh, Frank Ross and Donald Wilson, on 14th August 2022. The trustees of the Foundation would like to thank all the many people of Edinburgh and beyond whose generosity made this statue possible. Trustees and secretary of the Foundation: Owen. P Smith (Chairman), Peter Swanson, John Swanson, Jim Black and Mick Grubb; secretary Alastair Clive. Sculptor: Alan Herriot. Casting: Powderhall Bronze.