IT wasn’t an opponent that beat Whithorn Braveheart boxer Tyler Jolly in his attempt to defend his Scottish title last weekend - it was the snow.
Thirteen-year-old Tyler was due to box in Glasgow on Saturday after attending the Wigtownshire Sports Personality Awards in Wigtown on Friday night but after the snow storm stuck the awards were cancelled and condition made travelling out of the region impossible.
Bravehearts coach Tom Jolly tells the story: “After leaving Whithorn last Friday afternoon at 1pm, we were hoping to be in Glasgow early because of the severe weather forecast.
“But the Bravehearts ‘battle bus’ got stuck on the Baltersan straight for four hours due to drifting snow. After tremendous team work from locals who helped tow and dig a line of vehicles free the bus reached Newton Stewart at 5.30pm. It got as far as Palnure where it came across further snow drifts and the road was declared impassable so the Bravehearts retreated to Newton Stewart for the night.
“Rising at 4am on the Saturday morning we had high hopes that a further attempt to reach the Scottish championships in Glasgow would be successful only to find that Newton Stewart had been cut off by the snow in all directions.” Fellow Bravehearts Coach Wullie Martin added: “We were prepared to dig our way to Glasgow if it was at all possible but the safety of everyone on the bus was the priority.”
Team Bravehearts will have boxers competing later in the year for GB medals and they are currently training hard for boxing shows at Ibrox, Coatbridge and Whithorn.