Scotland’s boxers put on a fine display for the home crowd, as the British Elite Championships came north of the border for the first time in over a decade. With the event staged in the Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre, the Scots capitalised on the home support, winning an incredible six of the ten men’s titles on offer.
Team Scotland Glasgow 2014 competitor Aqeel Ahmed set the tone with a commanding win over Englishman Kieran McDonald in the Light Flyweight event before an all Scottish affair in the Flyweight final saw Commonwealth bronze medallist Reece McFadden just edge Matthew McHale to the British title, winning by split decision.
In the Bantamweight final Lee McGregor took a unanimous decision over Welshman Joshua John, underlining his potential after just four years in the sport. It was left to Sean Spence, Boris Crighton and Glasgow 2014 competitor Scott Forrest to complete a fantastic night for Boxing Scotland, all three taking gold.
Commonwealth Youth Games champion John Docherty just missed out on adding a seventh title for Scotland, as England team captain and two time British Champion, Jordan Reynolds, took the win by split decision in a close contest.
Scotland had two finalists in the women’s events where 2015 British Champion Stephanie Kernachan put up a strong defence of her Bantamweight title but in the end lost out to England’s Rachel McKenzie by split decision. Welterweight, Gardner Moore also had to settle for silver after losing out to England’s Stephanie Wroe.
With six gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals at these championships, Scottishboxers are right on track with just under two years to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Full list of Scotland’s medal winners:
Aqeel Ahmed – Light Flyweight (49kg)
Reece McFadden – Flyweight (52kg)
Lee McGregor – Bantamweight (56kg)
Sean Spence – Light Welterweight (64kg)
Boris Crighton – Light Heavyweight (81kg)
Scott Forrest – Heavyweight (91kg)
Stephanie Kernachan – Bantamweight (54kg)
Gardner Moore – Welterweight (69kg)
Matthew McHale – Flyweight (52kg)
Calvin McCord – Lightweight (60kg)
Fraser Gorn – Welterweight (69kg)
John Docherty – Middleweight (75kg)
James Nelson – Light Heavyweight (81kg)
Stephen Jamieson – Heavyweight (91kg)
Eutaxia Dustaxia – Lightweight (60kg)
Megan Reid – Light Welterweight (64kg)
Elaine Greenan – Light Welterweight (64kg)
Jack Turner – Bantamweight (56kg)
Josh Sandford – Lightweight (60kg)
Robbie McKechnie – Light Welterweight (64kg)
Dennis Broadhurst – Welterweight (69kg)