LOSING half a stone in 11 days was the sacrifice Moray’s boxing ‘Princess’ made to land another Scottish title.
Megan Gordon (17) won her third Scottish open boxing championships medal on Saturday, beating Glasgow rival Iona Lowe on a technical knockout in the third round at the Ravenscraig Sports Centre.
But in order for Elgin Boxing Club’s female star to get her shot of glory, she discovered less than two weeks before her fight that she would have to drop from the 51kg weight category to 48kg to be matched with an opponent.
She had to give up on her favourite peanut butter spread as part of the strict diet she was put on to shed pounds in time for the fight.
Last weekend, a leaner and meaner Megan weighed in 3.3 kg lighter, and hungry for success.
She duly destroyed her rival with a series of spearing jabs and hooks which ended the fight prematurely.
“It was a great feeling,” she said. “Stopping her was a big confidence boost for me, the first time I’ve won on a TKO. I’ve always wanted to win a bout like that and a few of my family and my team mates were there, so it was a good atmosphere.”
Gordon, from Rothes, had twice won Scottish titles as a junior but this was her first national triumph at youth level. She is coached at Elgin Boxing Club by her dad, Paul ‘Ratch’ Gordon, hence her club nickname ‘Princess Meg’.
Saturday’s win edged her closer to the dream of competing in the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas later this year.
Team Scotland has yet to decide if they will send a female boxer to the games, but Gordon’s reputation is growing and she stands a good chance of being selected for the squad.
Almost immediately after claiming her third Scottish title, she was heading down to Sheffield as the only Scot taking part in a British female training camp for four days.
As Scottish champ, she should also be boxing in the Youth British Championships in England at the beginning of April.
Getting under 48kg for her Ravenscraig final put Gordon on a diet of plain porridge, low fat soup and salad, with apples for snacks.
“The thing I struggled with most was that I couldn’t eat peanut butter. I was having to randomly go and sniff it! I absolutely love it, and I go through a tub and a half every week.
Her diet, combined with four training sessions a day for more than a week, helped her shed more than half a stone from her normal eight stone frame.
She was soon forcing opponent Lowe on her back foot with hard hitting jabs and left hooks.
A fast 1-2 combination in the second forced the Glasgow girl to have a standing count, which was repeated in round 3 after Gordon unleashed a barrage of punches to her rival’s head.
When the Moray girl quickly connected with another devastating 3-punch combo, the referee stopped the bout.
As well as her Team GB camp, Gordon has been selected for Institute of Sport training for Scotland as she continues to aim to impress the Commonwealth selectors.