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Boxers win gold medals as Highland Boxing Academy celebrate success


By Andrew Henderson

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Highland Boxing Academy (HBA)'s Alexander McClymont was awarded the Development Championship title after his final opponent was ejected from the tournament.
Highland Boxing Academy (HBA)'s Alexander McClymont was awarded the Development Championship title after his final opponent was ejected from the tournament.

Two more of Highland Boxing Academy’s athletes have taken titles back to Inverness.

Alexander McClymont finally saw his Development Championships campaign draw to a close – albeit not under the circumstances he had been hoping for.

Having booked his place in the final by winning the last bout of the weekend at Ravenscraig a couple of weeks ago, his scheduled opponent was thrown out of the competition after being found to be ineligible.

There was better news for Lewis Urquhart, though, as the 22-year-old claimed his sixth title by adding the Northern District Championship to his CV.

Highland Boxing Academy (HBA)'s Lewis Urquhart (Dingwall) became Northern District champion - bringing his individual title tally to six.
Highland Boxing Academy (HBA)'s Lewis Urquhart (Dingwall) became Northern District champion - bringing his individual title tally to six.

Starting out at the club as a schoolboy, Urquhart already had Novice and Intermediate titles – both now absorbed by the Development Championships – under his belt.

He has also previously won the Scottish Open, which has been rebranded as the Golden Gloves.

The Northern Districts, then, completes the set of titles, or equivalent, available to win in Scotland.

“Alex is probably the least happy boxer to have won a gold medal this way, but he is deserving of it,” Highland Boxing Academy head coach Liam Foy explained.

“He fought once, he won, and there’s nobody left in the category – his semi final was effectively a straight final in the end.

“Alex went down there with the intention of having multiple fights in a really busy category. It hasn’t transpired that way, but he was under no control of that situation.

“He would have bitten your hand off to box at every single opportunity that was put in front of him, and he was absolutely devastated when these things happened.

“Lewis won a title he has been trying to get for ages.

“We’ve talked about the possibility of turning professional, but Lewis wants to put everything into getting the Golden Gloves.

“He won’t even consider going pro until he has won everything. He wants to win the Golden Gloves as a senior after winning the Scottish Open as a kid.

“Lewis will not be satisfied until he has done that – he is an absolute hound for titles and medals.

“He has been in Scotland teams too, and he is going back on the pathway programme to get back there. That’s the journey he’s on right now.”


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