Boxing club boys pack a punch

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Boxing club boys pack a punch

May 5 2011 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser

The Welfare ABC

The Welfare A.B.C.

BLANTYRE Miners’ Welfare Amateur Boxing Club coaches Tommy Slaven and John McDermott this week voiced their delight after five young fighters took titles in recent competitions.

Robbie Mullings (12) from Blantyre won the 38k title at the Scottish Open Class Championships at the Time Capsule in Coatbridge, while Larkhall 13-year-old Mark McShane took the 57k title at the same event.

On Saturday Ross Greig (14) from Blantyre and East Kilbride duo David Jamieson (19) and Scott Woods (18) won titles at the Scottish Intermediate Championships at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell.

Ross won the 59k category, Scott 69k and David 81k.

Coach Tommy Slaven said: “These lads are going from strength to strength to be honest, and the same boys are winning titles on a regular basis now.

“I’m hopeful of them getting a shout for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 – that’s what they aspire to anyway.

“It’s something that would be great for the boys, and I’m sure they would love to be representing their country at the Games.

“It’s early days, we’ve got three years to go, but I hope they can build on their success and take it on from here.”

Head coach John McDermott was proud of the lads and also praised the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell.

He said: “There was a lot of effort involved and the boys worked really hard.

“We check their weight at 8am and I’ve never brought a boy in overweight – even if they are slightly heavy early in the morning they work a bit to get it off.

“They did very well, and to win three from putting three in was excellent.”

Of the venue John said: “Ravenscraig is the best I’ve ever seen, it’s a fantastic arena.

“I was amazed when I walked in and I think they might use it for the Commonwealth Games – I think they should, because it’s simply brilliant.”

Blantyre Mines’ Welfare ABC are going from strength to strength and both coaches feel that they’re bringing through a lot of promising youngsters.

Tommy Slaven added: “We’re averaging 40-odd people on any given night so we’re up to full capacity.

“It’s testament to Amateur Boxing Scotland’s ‘Bring Boxing Home’ initiative, which has turned it around from being a dying sport only a few years ago to once again being on the increase.

“Lanarkshire has always been a hotbed of boxing, and we hope that continues.”

Following his victory in the Scottish Open Mark McShane represented Scotland at the British Championships in Manchester, winning a silver medal in the 57kg category by beating Berkshire’s Mathew Stevens.

Submitted by Betty McGaulley

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