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Highland Boxing Academy claim five medals at Scottish Novice Championships

By Andrew Henderson

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Highland Boxing Academy took four gold medals and one silver home from the Scottish Novice Championships at Ravenscraig.

The competition is one of the biggest in the country, with more than 550 entries and hundreds of bouts over the two weekends.

On debut, 16-year-old Fortrose athlete Louise Mckenzie defeated Fauldhouse boxer Chrystie Webster by first round stoppage to become champion.

Louise Mckenzie
Louise Mckenzie

At the other end of the experience scale, Inverness boxer Lindsay Fulton (33) won novice gold at her third attempt, also by first round stoppage against Laura Fletcher (Glasgow City).

Tain-based Joanna Wróblewska became HBA’s third female champion of the weekend, overcoming a broken arm to claim a unanimous decision against Laura Jones (Glasgow City) in her final.

Super-heavyweight Andy Gray then wrapped up the competition by stopping Ebenezer Maclean (Glasgow City) in the first round.

Another debutante, Sarai Grant, came up short in her final against Madison Sharkey (Doon Valley) but still came away with a silver medal.

Club head coach Liam Foy was proud of all of his athletes, and delighted with his club’s medal haul.

“Louise was landing big, powerful shots and basically just overpowered the girl, who turned round and quit,” Foy said.

“Lindsay was on six fights, so she was at the maximum amount of bouts, this was her last attempt to win it so it meant so much for her and it showed in her performance.

“I don’t remember ever hearing a story about a boxer that had a broken arm for two or three weeks then went in and won a Scottish title like Joanna did. That was something special.

“Three Scottish female champions is a testament to how popular the sport is with them just now.

“But also having the big guy, Andy, in the competition finale right at the end made it a really special weekend.”

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