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Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club have proved to 800+ contestants at the Scottish Novice Championships that despite being one of the smallest clubs taking part they are a force to be reckoned with.
The local pugilists were on the road for two weekends on the bounce travelling to the Ravenscraig Arena, Motherwell.
Lochaber’s Siobhan Duncan had to move up a weight because no opponent entered in her division, even then getting a bye through to the final after her opponent pulled out of the semi-finals.
Her bout, now in the 70 -75kg bracket saw her facing Rebecca Liddell from Glasgow City Boxing Club. The City boxer had the advantage of more weight, but Siobhan started with a fast pace and her opponent couldn’t keep up, resulting in a standing count within 18 seconds of the bout starting.
Siobhan followed this up with various combinations, putting Rebecca on her back foot and onto the ropes with the referee stopping the bout after just 42 seconds of the first round to make Siobhan Scottish Female Senior Elite Novice Champion 2022 and earning her a gold medal.
Ninety-two kilo Senior Elite Farquhar MacRae also had a bye to the final after his opponent pulled out the previous Saturday. He took his place against Nathan Tarr of Glasgow’s Barrhead Boxing Club, a Western District Champion with a lot more experience and a massive weight advantage.
Farquhar boxed brilliantly in a fast-paced first round, matching his opponent punch for punch. Coaches were convinced Farquhar had also done enough in round two, working behind his jab with a good variety of combinations from the start.
Round three was also fast-paced, but Nathan’s strength and experience started to show and he got the decision at the final bell.
Farquhar came away with a thoroughly deserved silver medal which was a great achievement.
Fourteen-year-old Toby Jackson, in the 54kgs junior group, was the youngest member of the squad. Toby attended both weekends, firstly for the quarter finals where he qualified for the semis the following Saturday.
He gave an outstanding performance in his quarter final, boxing brilliantly behind his jab and putting together a lot of good combinations and giving his opponent, William Lafferty of Duries Boxing Club, Glasgow, a standing count in the second round. Toby was declared winner in a unanimous decision.
A week later, Toby faced Ryan Barbour from Musselburgh’s J and L Boxing Club, in the semi-final and gave an excellent performance in all three rounds. However, it wasn’t to be Toby’s day, as he was closely beaten on a split decision to come away with a bronze medal. This was a great achievement for only his second appearance in a major competition.
Head coach Vince Lopez said: ‘All three boxers did the club proud. They put in a tremendous amount of effort in the ring and to training over many months, working on fitness and skills.
‘Every bout was a great achievement and a learning experience for them.’
Photograph: Gold medallist and Female Elite Novice Champion Siobhan Duncan with fellow Lochaber boxers, bronze medallist Toby Jackson, left, and silver medallist Farquhar MacRae. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos. NO_Boxing_NoviceChampionshipWinners