Silver lining for Tyler

Braveheart coaches Wullie Martin and Tom Jolly flank silver medallist Tyler Jolly.
Braveheart coaches Wullie Martin and Tom Jolly flank silver medallist Tyler Jolly.

Whithorn Braveheart boxer Tyler Jolly came back from Wales last week end with a creditable silver medal in the three nations championships.

Tyler travelled down to Pontypridd near Cardiff last Thursday to compete as part of Team Scotland. The team consisted of 16 current Scottish champions at their respective weight divisions,

Early on Friday morning Team Scotland all weighed in successfully with the draw being made at 10am and boxing to start at 1pm. Twelve-year-old Tyler drew the Welsh champion and performed well in his first outing in the Scotland vest, using his fast and furious jab and powerful back hand. Tyler out pointed his opponent with a convincing win. Team Scotland had its best ever semi-final result in recent history with 14 boxers reaching the finals.

After a team meeting on the Saturday morning the finals began at noon.

Tyler drew the English champion Patrick Ward in the final and what followed was Tyler’s best ever bout. From the first to the last bell he gave everything, throwing combinations and power shots at Ward which resulted in a very difficult match for the judges to score as both boxers gave no quarter. In the last round Tyler caught the English boxer with a furious body shot that stopped Ward in his tracks, unfortunately the referee ruled the blow to be low and gave Ward time to recover as the final bell rang. The English champion’s hand was raised for gold and the silver medal given to Jolly.

Coach Wullie Martin said: “Tyler is getting stronger with each bout and is gaining great experience by competing at this level for his country, if the body shot had been counted, the English boxer would have been counted out and Scotland given the gold.“

The final result for Team Scotland was four gold, 10 silver and two bronze.

Whithorn Bravehearts are now on summer break and restart on Monday August 20. Coach Tom Jolly said: “This current season has been our greatest to date with Scottish gold’s and British silvers and a team of boxers that have travelled the length and breath of the country competing and winning against tough competition.”