Knock-out Braveheart off to the finals

Tyler Jolly celebrates his knock-out victory
Tyler Jolly celebrates his knock-out victory

Whithorn Bravehearts boxer Tyler Jolly won both his bouts at the weekend to secure his place in the Scottish Youth Championships in Glasgow this Sunday, February 28.

Tyler’s quarter-final against Highlands champion boxer Callum Stuart was a toe-to-toe affair with the Braveheart’s boxer dictating the pace from the start, catching the switch hitter from the highlands with a straight right to the body that winded his opponent and gave his coaches some concerns.

Round two and three followed similar lines with Tyler’s footwork and hand-speed controlling the distance and scoring shots with both hands, securing his win unanimously.

Tyler moved into Sunday’s semi-final against the current Scottish intermediate champion from Renfrew, who has had a busy year, notching up 14 bouts in the last 12 months. But this did not intimidate the Braveheart. Tyler established his rhythm in round one against the Renfrewshire boxer, landing a clear right hand to the head that forced the referee to jump in to give his opponent an eight count to recover, Tyler sensed a stoppage and used his speed and power to great effect resulting in the referee stopping the contest in favour of the Braveheart just before the bell sounded the end of round one, giving the Braveheart the winner by a TKO.

Bravehearts Coach Wullie Martin said: “Tyler has this year moved in to the youth category and is boxing lads a year older than him over three minute rounds, so to win both bouts is fantastic. Tyler is first in the gym and last out each night and there is no reason why he can’t take gold next weekend.”