On the final night of Boxing competition, Team Scotland had two fighters going for Commonwealth Youth games gold at the Queen’s Elizabeth Sports Complex.
Tyler Jolly was first to take to the ring and having wasted no time in winning his semi-final bout the previous day, looked energetic and fresh. Jolly’s final fight was much more competitive and as it went the distance, Jolly was able to remain composed, throwing some aggressive punches at his opponent.
As the final bell sounded, Tyler returned to the blue corner with a huge grin on his face and by unanimous decision was crowned Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 Champion in the 64kg weight division.
An emotional Tyler spoke after the fight and said: ”It all came together, all of the hard work, the training, the staying focussed, it all just clicked. I am over the moon to be leaving as champion. I was a bit emotional at the end of that because I have trained so hard for this and it all became worth it right there. To be able to share such a big moment in my career with my family out here meant the world, I would like to say a massive thank you to them for their commitment and for always cheering me on to success, this is for them.”
Lewis Johnstone was next in the ring, looking to replicate his teammate’s performance. The gold medal bout was a tricky affair and a tough semi-final bout against Damian Vaughan of Samoa had clearly taken its toll on Lewis. He found it difficult to stamp his authority on his Welsh opponent, Sammy Lee, who was eventually crowned the winner. Lewis stepped up to receive his silver medal to deafening support from his team mates and the Scottish travelling support in the stands.
“I was disappointed not to get the gold, he said, “but the whole experience out here has been amazing and I’m proud that I won a medal for Team Scotland.
“Leading the team out at the Opening Ceremony was a fantastic moment, it was everything I thought it would be and more. That moment when you first walk out with the flag and see the crowd, it was absolutely amazing, it’s definitely the proudest moment of my career. I’m so honoured that my team mates chose me to carry the flag.
“I had some tough fights but the atmosphere in the boxing arena was absolutely incredible, it’s the best I have ever fought in front of. I could hear the whole team chanting my name and singing the national anthem, it really spurred me on. The team spirit has been brilliant, everyone supports each other as part of Team Scotland and I’ve enjoyed getting to know people from other sports and other countries. I’ll never forget this experience.”
Gold for Tyler and silver for Lewis brings Boxing’s Bahamas 2017 medal tally to five, with Megan Gordon, Taylor Hamilton and Sam Hickey winning bronze.