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Ten-year-old Hayden’s haymaker lands him debut win


By Staff Reporter


A FORRES boxer has landed his first victory in the ring – at the age of 10.

Elgin ABC schoolboy Hayden Windsor was given his first competitive fight
at a night for local boxers hosted by Insch Boxing Club at the Gordon School in Huntly.

Hayden Windsor
Hayden Windsor

Young Hayden was matched up with the home club’s Ricky Smith in a 38kg school contest. Having graduated from the kids’ class to intermediate class, the primary pupil had impressed his coaches so much that they were more than certain he was ready for a bout.

From the first bell the Elgin boxer got down to business, starting to use his footwork to hit and get out of range and this was the theme of the contest. There were no complaints when the judges gave Hayden a unanimous decision, giving him the ideal start to his boxing career.

Following his team-mate’s success, another young Elgin ABC fighter Lukas Vaitekunas (13) took part in his first bout since winning the north district championships the previous month.

Against Noah Benshadat, a natural 59kg boxer, Elgin-based Lukas had to press forward from the start and stamp his authority. His accuracy and speed once again made the judges job easy and he also won on a unanimous decision.

While the Elgin club enjoyed great success at Huntly, a week later there were mixed results at the Scottish Open Championships.

The success story of Keith heavyweight Scott Edwards continued as he battled through to the final, defeating this year’s Scottish intermediate champion Sean Crawford. Both fighters put on a great display of boxing in what deserved to be a finals bout, but in the end the hard hitting Edwards forced the referee to halt the bout in the third round.

Hopeman’s Fraser Wilkinson just failed to get the verdict after three rounds of his bout against Dylan Arbuckle, who has international experience.

Wilkinson lost on a 3/2 split after many watching felt he had possibly done enough to win.

Lhanbryde’s Connor McPhee has won Scottish novice, intermediate and north district titles in the last year but he was defeated in a 4/1 split decision after a tough tussle against Sparta’s Brodie Grant, who had 30 bouts more experience than his Moray opponent.

After having his nose burst in the first round McPhee showed the heart of a lion driving forward and at no point looking out of place against his eventual conqueror.



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