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Twelve-year-old Josh Dieguno from Caol became Scottish Schoolboy Boxing Champion for the second consecutive year last weekend at Ravenscraig in Motherwell when he unanimously outpointed Doonhammer boxing club’s Stephen Cairns in the final of the 2006 41.5kg weight division.
Dieguno claimed the centre of the ring from the first bell, a position he would not release, until the final bell in a contest in which he showed that he is now producing some adaptability in his boxing, meaning he can use different tactics against different opponent’s styles.
While Cairns skirted the outskirts of the ring, the Lochaber Phoenix boxer stalked and threatened with good preparation of attack incorporating feints into his repertoire. Unfortunately Cairns did not commit at all to any attacks and with Dieguno waiting to counter, the round never quite exploded into action in the way that it threatened.
The second round was perhaps Dieguno’s best ever in a boxing ring as he now mixed in his feints and counters with leading with his attacks and when he began phasing the attacks Cairns was pushed into the ropes. From here, Dieguno would land clean powerful punches that were clearly winning him the exchanges and the round.
The Caol boxer was now in the ascendancy and Cairns, who came into the final with a very impressive record, knew he had to come out in the last round all guns blazing. Cairns fought well and to good defect but Dieguno used good lateral movement to evade the initial attack before reverting back to the centre of the ring where he continued to put Cairns onto the back foot in a round which was much more competitive than the second. However, Dieguno held the edge and thoroughly deserved his second national schoolboy championship success.