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Young Lochaber boxer, Josh Dieguno, returned from the North of Scotland Schoolboy Boxing Championships with a hard fought silver medal last weekend.
The 11-year-old more than earned his medal after a dogged performance in a bruising final against McKinley Lorne from the St Francis Boxing Club in Dundee.
The finals, held in Huntly, had the best young boxers from the North of Scotland competing and this final was an excellent advert for the sport with both boxers showing tremendous levels of skill, fitness and determination.
Round one saw Dieguno attempting to throw in combinations but Lorne made better use of his feet with some clever footwork and utilised his strong jab to dictate the range the bout was fought at and thus landing the last eye catching punch of each exchange.
Although losing the opening round, Josh showed his growing ring maturity in the next round by changing his tactics and now throwing punches in only ones or twos. But more importantly Josh made sure he was in punching range before firing his shots. While this round was scored for Josh, Lorne was still landing the heavier blows.
Everything was to be decided on the last round and while Josh was busy and had much more success than in the first round, Lorne landed the more striking shots. Even when Dieguno showed his customary spirit by pinning McKinley to the ropes with a strong barrage of punches in the closing stages of the contest it wasn’t quite enough to tip the scales in his favour.
Although narrowly losing out on gold in this final everyone at Lochaber Phoenix Boxing club is delighted with the progression and improvement shown in this dedicated youngster. The club coaches believe it’s only a matter of time before he is converting these narrow losses into wins.
This week Josh will dust himself off and compete in the Scottish Open Championships at Ravenscraig in Motherwell where he will hope to improve on last year where he collected another silver medal.
Also boxing this weekend, in the Junior Scottish Championships , is Cameron Whyte who will be hoping to claim gold for an unprecedented sixth time.
Josh Dieguno in action last year. IF F08 Boxer Josh 01. Photo: Iain Ferguson, the Write Image.