BOXING Scotland hosted a junior and youth international duel with Wales at their High Performance Centre in Glasgow last Saturday.
Selected to represent her country for the fourth time was Elgin Boxing Club’s Megan ‘Princess’ Gordon who was against the Welsh No 1 51kg boxer Helen Jones. Both boxers had seen each other compete the previous month at the British Championships where Gordon picked up bronze after losing out on a split decision to the overall winner from England.
As the bell rang to start the 4x2 minute round bout, the fast pace normally associated with both boxers didn’t happen as they sized each other up and used feints and footwork to try and trigger an attack from their opponent. Gordon then took the initiative and started to land with clean and crisp left-right combinations. In the second half of the round, Jones tried to come forward with her own attacks and did have some success, however the last punch in every exchange was scored by the Elgin boxer.
The second round saw a faster start by both girls with lots of exchanges and Jones trying to trap Gordon in the corners; however Gordon’s speed, footwork and counter-punching skills ensured that she was never in too much danger.
The third round saw the tempo increase again and the Welsh boxer did enjoy some success, catching Gordon on the way out of their exchanges, however it was soon turned around as Gordon drove Jones back with hurtful four-punch combinations, giving the Welsh fighter a nose-bleed.
The final round followed the previous with both girls mixing the work from long to close range. Nevertheless Gordon’s counter-punching and spontaneous attacks were obviously more eye-catching as at the final bell the ref raised the Scottish girl’s arm.
After a season of close and sometimes dubious decisions against the top female youth boxers from across England and Ireland, the 16-year-old boxer from Rothes has time and again picked herself up and trained even harder than before. Between attending Moray College and working at the Station Hotel in Rothes, who also support and sponsor her, Gordon fits in three or four training sessions a day and because of this determination is now classed as the No 1 female youth boxer in Scotland. Her aim is to keep on representing her country and hopefully compete at next year’s Commonwealth Youth Games.