Six Blantyre boxers win major titles

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Six Blantyre boxers win major titles

Six Blantyre boxers win major titlesSIX young fighters from Blantyre Miners’ Welfare Amateur Boxing Club have won major Scottish titles.

Ryan Brown from Blantyre (16) took the 66k crown at the Scottish Championships in Cardenden, which was for young boxers with six fights or less under their belts.

The two-day tournament attracted an entry of 250 from across the country.

Josh Sandford (14), Jonathan Robertson (18), David Jamieson (17) and Thomas O’Neill, all from East Kilbride, took titles at 57k, 57k, 81k and 46k respectively.

And Muirkirk’s Jordan Barr (15) finished top in the 50k category.

Head coach John McDermott, MBE, was delighted and said: “That’s a club record, without a doubt. I’m over the moon and to have six fighters all come back with titles is terrific.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t be there myself because I wasn’t well, but our coaches Tommy Slavin, Teddy McCrory and Tommy Campbell took them up to Cardenden.

“They set off at 7.45am on Saturday and didn’t get back until late, and did the same on Sunday so it was a long couple of days for them.

“The tournament itself is absolutely phenomenal and a really good idea. It started about three or four years ago and it gives the young lads a terrific start to their career.

“I’m really pleased for all six of them. It’s brilliant for their morale, but it’s a good example to others at the club as well.”

John is delighted with the help he gets from coaches Slavin, McCrory and Campbell and says the gym has never been busier.

He said: “These are all guys who boxed here right through to their senior careers and they’ve come back in to help – it makes some difference.

“The place is always buzzing as well; we have 40-45 boys in most nights and we’ve got a waiting list for the first time.

“I clock up 39 years here in January – although it just seems like yesterday that I started – and it’s the busiest I’ve ever seen it.

“That’s great to see and it’s great for the boxers as well.”

Submitted by Betty McGaulley

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