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Three young boxers from Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club aim to start the year with a bang as they all hope to feature in championship bouts in the next couple of months.
Nine-year-old Josh Hunter has shown tremendous promise in training and a handful of cub bouts (where no winner is declared) but now takes his first foray into competitive action when he boxes in Glasgow this Friday against a Glaswegian opponent. This is a perfect start to the year for Hunter as he will enter his first Northern District Championships followed by the full Scottish Championships both next month. Employing a boxing style that is very easy on the eye the Lochaber club are hopeful Hunter can make a big impression in the sport nationally.
Hunter’s namesake and fellow Lochaber boxer, Josh Dieguno, 12 is also in great form ahead of series of important bouts. Since becoming Scottish champion last year, Dieguno has moved into an older age group as he enters the Scottish Intermediate Championships next weekend. Being the youngest in his new age category he has a steep challenge in front of him as he is scheduled to face last year’s GB silver medalist. Working behind a strong jab with slick footwork Josh is keen to keep his improvement going and together with a strong ethic he is hopeful he can achieve continued success. This Championship is swiftly followed by the Northern District Championships and then the Scottish Open Championships where he will attempt to win the Scottish Championships for the second successive year.
Josh’s brother, Jack Dieguno, 15, is also now champing at the bit to get into action and will enter the Scottish Northern District Novice Championships next month ,if not in action before . Tall for his weight , Jack has worked extremely hard in the gym and has started to develop a relaxed style which should stand him in good stead for the start of his boxing career.