Whithorn Braveheart boxer Tyler Jolly missed out on the opportunity to retain his GB title in Wales next month by one point last Sunday afternoon in the Meadowbank stadium, Edinburgh..
The young Braveheart boxed against the year older Scottish champion Steven Newns from Newarthill and the bout went down to the wire with the score even after all three rounds,but, as always, a winner must be declared and each of the five judges were given a free choice which resulted in a three to two vote against the Braveheart,
Coach Bobby Cloy said:“I have been involved in boxing for over 60 years and this is one of the best bouts I have witnessed. Both these lads punched their hearts outs for the chance to travel to Wales to wear the Scottish vest, “Tyler was all over Newans in the first round , working his jab and back hand combinations, similar to watching Rocky Marciano in the old days, I thought, The second round Newans was under that much pressure from Tyler he got warned and a point deducted by the referee for holding.
“The third round was totally awesome with Newans coming out of his corner knowing he was behind. He boxed the round of his life, firing off countless combinations that Tyler had to keep using his crafty feetwork to avoid the barrage of punches, In the last half of the third round, Tyler’s fitness showed that his hard work had paid off in preparation for this box-off, as Newans was starting to wither. The Braveheart began to shine again, switching to south paw style and booming in his powerful hooks and right-left combinations that he hoped would secure him the win, but, as the referee brought the boxers together and a split decision was awarded to the Newarthill boxer Tyler shook hands and wished his rival all the best in his bid for the GB gold.”
The Bravehearts annual boxing show is on Saturday, June 7 in the Douglas Ewart High School, Newton Stewart. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets are available from local shops or contact Tom Jolly on 077 11 901 089.