A packed night of action will see 15 Scottish Champions crowned at the sixth event in the Team Scotland Series, as Scotland’s top boxers go head to head at the Boxing Scotland Elite Finals at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on Saturday.
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Reece McFadden heads the line up as he takes on Lochend’s Matty McHale for the Men’s Flyweight title, with Glasgow 2014 team mate Aqeel Ahmed up against Scott Wotherspoon in the Light Flyweight.
Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallists in 2015, John Docherty and Sean Lazzerini have made a successful transition to the senior ranks, with Docherty out to defend the Middleweight title he won last year and Lazzerini going for Light Heavyweight glory.
There is also a wealth of talent on display in the women’s events and the first bout of the night will see Glenrothes star Emma McCulloch take on Nasreen Anderson of Lochend for the Light Flyweight crown. McCulloch comes in full of confidence after taking gold at Europe’s biggest female tournament – the Golden Girl Championships – in February.
McCulloch’s Glenrothes team mate, Efiychia Kathopouli, took silver at those Golden Girl championships in Sweden and goes up against Hayfield boxer Cassidy Todd in the Featherweight final on Saturday while Stephanie Kernachan, the first Scottish female boxer to win GB Elite Championship gold, faces Bellahouston’s Farah Jamil for the Bantamweight title.
In a fitting finale, the final bout of the night will see reigning Scottish champion Lee McGregor make a defence of his Bantamweight title against Jack Turner of Hayfield and, like many of Saturday’s finalists, the Meadowbank boxer will have the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games firmly in mind.
In addition to Scottish Championship titles, crucial qualifying points are on offer as boxers stake their claim for a place on Team Scotland in Gold Coast. Boxing is the only sport in which Scotland has won medals at every Commonwealth Games since their inception in 1930 and, with just one year to go to until the Games open in Gold Coast, the countdown is on to select the boxers who will attempt to carry on this proud tradition.
Part of the Team Scotland Series, a ground-breaking collaboration which brings together Scottish Championship events across 13 Commonwealth Games sports, the Boxing Scotland Elite Finals take place at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on Saturday 1 April from 8pm.
Ticket information can be found at: http://www.boxingscotland.org/2017-elite-finals-ticket-update/