Whithorn Bravehearts boxing star Tyler Jolly secured a GB championship gold medal for Scotland in Cardiff yesterday.
Sixteen-year-old Tyler was also given the honour of captaining the Scottish team of 25 boxers.
In the 64 kg light welterweight semi-finals on Saturday, Tyler boxed Welsh number one boxer Kieron Williams, a tough southpaw from the valleys. At the bell Williams came out of his corner with both hands flying trying to overcome his Scottish opponent. But he didn’t expect Tyler’s speed and power, during the rounds Tyler’s trade mark straight right and left hook worked a treat and secured a unanimous win and a spot in Sunday’s final against England’s current champion Mark Dickinson.
As Sunday’s finals got underway, the English boxers dominated bout after bout. But Scotland Team Captain Jolly, in bout number five, turned the tide with a clinical performance worthy of any top of the bill bout in the country.
Tyler’s ability to punch and turn at distance was the key to his success, a skill that England’s Dickinson couldn’t match. During the second round the referee gave Dickinson a standing eight count after a combination of explosive head shots from Jolly, allowing the English boxer time to recover. The third round saw Dickinson chasing the win by throwing haymakers trying to knock out Jolly. But, Tyler again showing his experience and maturity by hitting, moving and counter punching to great effect. The referee again was watching Dickinson closely as Jolly’s head shots scored continually. After the bell sounded for the end of the last round, Jolly’s hand was raised as the unanimously winner.
Tyler also had the honour of carrying Scotland national flag in to the ring at the start of Sunday’s finals which was a proud moment for his travelling supporters to remember.
The final result was six golds, 12 silvers and seven bronze medals for Team Scotland.
Bravehearts coach Tom Jolly said: “Tyler has been training hard for this weekend, early morning runs, weekend training session in Glasgow, sparring sessions in Dumfries and Annan, diet control. Then to be able to beat both the Welsh and English number one boxers shows his commitment to the sport.
“This is a very proud moment for all of us in our wee boxing club, doon in the ‘Shire. Not only to be able to compete, but win against the biggest clubs in the UK is a great, amazing achievement.”
Whithorn Bravehearts are having their annual boxing show on Sunday, May 15, in Whithorn Town Hall. Call Tom Jolly on 07711901089 for tickets or go to the Whithorn Bravehearts Facebook page.