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Boxing In The Commonwealth Games

Boxing is a core sport in the Commonwealth Games and has been included in every Games since their inception in 1930. Scotland has won at least one medal at every Games and it is the only sport to have this impressive record.

Boxing has also been included at every edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games, with the exception of the first Games held in Edinburgh in 2000. Scottish boxers have won a medal in every Youth Games where the sport has been included.

Commonwealth Games Boxing competition is conducted under the rules of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA).

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  • Appearances In The Games 21
  • First Games Hamilton 1930
  • Most Recent Games Gold Coast 2018
Team Scotland’s Boxing Medal Count:
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  • Total: 65
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Did You Know?

  • Boxing is the only sport in which Scotland have won a medal at every Games.

  • Glasgow 2014 was the first time women competed in boxing at a Commonwealth Games.

  • At Glasgow 2014 Josh Taylor won gold for Team Scotland, completing his set of medals after silver in 2010 and Youth Games bronze in 2008.

  • There is a three way tie for the title of Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games boxer; Josh Taylor, Tom Imrie and Dick McTaggart each won one gold and one silver medal

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Competition Format

One boxer per nation is permitted to compete in each weight category. The Commonwealth Games competition is a straight knockout format, with the winner of each bout proceeding to the next round. There is no repecharge system. Bronze medals are awarded to the losers of both semi-final bouts.

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Scotland's Boxing Heroes

Dick McTaggart - Cardiff 1958 & Perth 1962

Olympic, Commonwealth and European champion, Dick's record was outstanding, winning 610 of 634 amateur bouts. One of only three Scottish boxers to win gold and silver at successive Commonwealth Games, he became the first British boxer ever to compete at three Olympic Games and remains Scotland's only Olympic boxing champion to date.

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Tom Imrie - Kingston 1966 & Edinburgh 1970

A multiple Scottish and British champion, the pinnacle of Tom’s career came in the Commonwealth Games in 1970 when he won gold at Light Middleweight in his home town of Edinburgh. Having taken silver in Kingston in 1966 he is one of three boxers tied for the title of Scotland's most successful at the Commonwealth Games.

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Alex Arthur - Kuala Lumpur 1998

Alex capped an outstanding amateur career with Commonwealth Games gold at Kuala Lumpur 1998, defeating Canada’s Marty O’Donnell in the Featherweight final. He went on to win eight professional titles, including British, Commonwealth and European Super Featherweight belts and became WBO World Super-Featherweight Champion in 2007.

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Josh Taylor - Delhi 2010 & Glasgow 2014

With silver at Delhi 2010 and gold at Glasgow 2014, Josh is one of three boxers tied for the title of Scotland's most successful at the Commonwealth Games. He also took bronze on his Team Scotland debut at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games and, after turning professional in 2015 has remained undefeated, lifting Commonwealth Super Lightweight and WBC Silver belts.

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Charlie Flynn - Glasgow 2014

Commonwealth Youth Games silver medallist, Charlie went one better at Glasgow 2014, winning gold to the delight of the home crowd. His fabulous post event interviews won the hearts of the nation with catchphrases like “buzzing like a jar of wasps,” as well as thanking the crowd that “looked like ants but roared like lions.”
Charlie made his professional debut in December 2014 and has remained undefeated in his 12 professional bouts to date.

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