SIX young boxers will be striking a blow for Moray in this weekend’s Northern District Championships.
Included in the Elgin Amateur Boxing Club group selected to fight in Aberdeen on Saturday is Megan Gordon, the only schoolgirl boxer in the Moray area.
The 14-year-old is the daughter of the club’s head coach, Paul ‘Ratch’ Gordon, who is delighted to see so many members of the Pinefield outfit reach the next level.
“It’s great to see and I hope we can claim some titles. But it’s not all about winning, it’s more about the development of our young boxers,” he said.
Megan is one of three Rothes youngsters fighting in the North championships, along with Calum Wilson (17) and Jack Reid (14).
Making up the selected six are Fochabers duo Josh Dunlop and Liam MacLean, both 17, and Hopeman youngster Fraser Wilkinson (13).
MacLean – better known as Sugar Ray – will be looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat in his Scottish Championship intermediate final bout at Ravenscraig sports centre last Saturday.
Coach Gordon said he lost to Kyle Milne (Granite City) on a judges’ decision, with even Milne’s corner thinking the Elgin ABC lad could have edged it.
The intermediate championships are for young fighters who have taken part in between seven and 14 competitive bouts, and MacLean reached the 69kg final.
He could have a quick opportunity to avenge his narrow defeat at the North championships, with the strong possibility he will again face Milne, who will be fighting on home soil.
Elgin ABC did have reason to celebrate a day before MacLean’s bout, as both Dunlop and Daniel ‘D-Mac’ MacLaren gained victories for Scotland in a select event against England at Peterhead last Friday night.