MORAY boxer Megan Gordon emulated her hero Anthony Joshua by appearing live on TV to contest a title bout.
Elgin Boxing Club’s only female fighter was selected to take on Welsh champion Helen Jones in the GB Boxing Championships at Sheffield’s Institute of Sport last Thursday.
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The 17-year-old, from Rothes, was nervous when she discovered her bout was being screened live on the BoxNation digital channel.
Disappointed to lose on a split decision, Gordon was inundated with messages from family and friends watching her perform on the telly.
“I only found out five days before that I was taking part, and I had heard rumours that it was going to be live on TV. I just thought: ‘No, it can’t be my bout’ because I am only a youth boxer and I thought they would only cover the senior fights.
“When I came out for the fight and saw the ring, there were smoke detectors and all the lights and loads of cameras everywhere. So I was very nervous.
“Afterwards, my phone was going just mental as all my family and my friends had watched it.”
Just two days later, the former Speyside High pupil watched her boxing idol Joshua retain his IBF world heavyweight title with an 18th straight knockout, live on TV just like she had been.
“I absolutely love Anthony Joshua and I want to meet him,” she said.
Gordon, whose father Paul coaches her at Elgin Boxing Club since she took up the sport five years ago, has twice won Scottish junior titles.
Unable to find opponents in her own country at her weight, she has taken part in a number of international events since stepping up to youth level at the age of 16.
A series of narrow defeats, all on split decisions, affected her confidence but she has dedicated herself to her training since.
The ‘Best of British’ bout last week was Gordon’s highest profile fight yet, and a thrill to get a taste of the big time at a major venue.
She said her dad, nicknamed ‘Ratch’ at the Elgin club, was proud of her performance and got an extra treat when one of his own boxing heroes, former Olympic medallist Richie Woodhall, commentated on his daughter’s bout.
“It was weird for him hearing one of his heroes commentating and saying ‘Gordon is doing this and Gordon needs to do that’. That’s what you expect him to be saying about the pros, not someone like me who’s 17.”
In next week’s Scot: What Olympic champ Nicola Adams said to Megan, and her ambitions for Commonwealth glory.