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Culloden Academy pupil Kian Stewart becomes Highland Boxing Academy’s 100th champion at Manchester Box Cup


By Andrew Henderson

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Culloden Academy pupil Kian Stewart added another amateur boxing title to his record as he looks to build towards turning professional.

The 14-year-old was Highland Boxing Academy’s sole champion coming out of the Manchester Box Cup last weekend.

Culloden Academy pupil Kian Stewart became Highland Boxing Academy's 100th champion at the 2024 Manchester Box Cup. Picture: David Rothnie
Culloden Academy pupil Kian Stewart became Highland Boxing Academy's 100th champion at the 2024 Manchester Box Cup. Picture: David Rothnie

Coming form a boxing-mad family, the youngster’s dad is a coach at HBA and his older brothers have all stepped into the ring – including George, who has already turned professional.

Stewart also became the club’s 100th champion ever last weekend by beating Thrive Boxing Club’s Jake Lambert, but he insists that was a nice bonus rather than a pressurising situation to be in.

“I’m over the moon to have come back with that win and that performance,” Stewart said.

“I got the bye to the straight final, so it worked out all right. We watched the boy in his semi final, and he was keen on engaging in the fight and managed to make it through to the final.

“He wanted to rush me, but I caught him with a big right hand, and after that he was more keen on running around the ring. I managed to get a unanimous win, and I was breezing through it to be fair.

“I didn’t let any of the pressure over being the 100th champion get to me, I was just thinking about staying composed and winning the fight.

“It was brilliant afterwards, because it was quite hard to win – a lot of the English boys were getting the decisions down there.

“Eventually I want to turn pro like my older brother George. It’s brilliant having him there, I get to learn new things off my brother and have him by my side when I’m in the ring. Everyone’s mad on boxing in my house.”

The trip down to Manchester was the first time that Stewart had been outside of Scotland to box, but he has tasted national success before.

The 14-year-old is hoping to turn pro in the long run after already banking a number of amateur titles. Picture: David Rothnie
The 14-year-old is hoping to turn pro in the long run after already banking a number of amateur titles. Picture: David Rothnie

Earlier this season he had been down at the Novice Championships, where he won all of his fights to take home the gold medal.

That followed a two-year break from action due to injury, but he is wasting no time in competing now that he is back fit with his next challenge the William Wallace Box Cup in Stirling this weekend.

“I broke my arm in my fifth fight, so my whole shoulder was torn,” he recalled.

“It wasn’t easy to come back from that, it was a lot of work to make sure I built it up to be nice and strong again so that it wouldn’t give way in a fight. Now I’m feeling just as good as I was at the very start.

“This weekend I’m going down to Stirling for the William Wallace Box Cup.

“I’m going up against a decent boy who has had 11 fights already in the quarter final.

“That doesn’t faze me though. Being in the gym with my dad and my three older brothers from a young age has helped me a lot, because I’ve been able to learn from them, so I’m just going to stay nice and composed and hopefully I’ll come back with another Box Cup.

“My dad and my older brother were in my corner in Manchester, which makes it a much better moment. They’re a lot tougher on me than they are everyone else to make sure that I’m the best I can be.

“I have to thank Liam (Foy, head coach) for welcoming me and my dad into the club.”


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