Boxers from the Whithorn Bravehearts travelled up to Tollcross Sports Centre last weekend with three boxers to compete in the Scottish Schoolboy Championships.
Due to boxers pulling out of the competition and weight movements, young Liam Smith and Tyler Jolly had no boxers in their respective categories, which left only one Braveheart Gavin “The Gift” Martin in the tournament.
Gavin’s opponent in the 28kg category was his old adversary Mark Smith from Cambusnethan ABC. This was a closely fought bout with both young guns giving the crowd some non-stop action from the first bell. Both boxers were willing to go toe to toe in the centre of the ring, swinging powerful combinations that pleased the crowd. The first bell was the only break between the two warriors.
Round two saw both boxers slipping punches and moving round the ring using jabs and backhands as both boxers were still catching there breath from the blistering pace of round one. In the third and final round Gavin showed great determination by slipping inside his opponent’s lead to work his punches at close range. This was working well against his much taller opponent but when the referee brought the boys together at the final bell it was Smith’s hand that was raised as the Scottish champion after a split decision.
Bravehearts’ coach Wullie Martin said: “Young Gavin worked non-stop in this bout. He gave his all and it was a close fought contest. I thought he out-boxed the Glasgow lad,”
Meanwhile, Bravehearts heavyweight Connal McDonald is busy preparing for the World Championships in Bulgaria in three weeks.
Coach Tom Jolly said: “Connal spent last week at a Braveheart training camp that included running up and down the 100 steps at the Black Rocks near Monreith eight times non-stop. His fitness and stamina are beginning to peak now and he is in tremendous shape.
“Connal also travelled to Kirkcaldy for a residential weekend provided by the Scottish team and he will be travelling to Sheffield this weekend for more preparation with team GB. This young boxer is putting 110 percent in to this opportunity of a lifetime.”