Scotland’s boxing team will be going home with a full set of medals from the Delhi Commonwealth Games, after another exciting day at the Talkatora Stadium. Callum Johnson won gold in the light heavyweight (81kg) category, after Josh Taylor picked up silver in the lightweight (60kg) final. Stephen Simmons also collected his bronze medal in the heavyweight category (91kg).
Josh Taylor was first up in the ring against 2008 European silver medallist Tom Stalker of England. The first round was a tight affair, but the experience of the Englishman shone through as he went on to record an 11-3 victory.
Following the fight Josh was disappointed, but says he’ll take lots away from his Commonwealth Games experience. “It’s been a great experience and I’ve learned a lot, but I’m absolutely gutted with the result. I’ll definitely be back for it in 2014.”
Callum Johnson was next up for Scotland in another four-nations final against Thomas McCarthy of Northern Ireland. Scotland’s boxing team captain put in an exemplary performance to come away the deserved 8-1 winner. Following a first round, which saw no points scored, Callum raced on to a 6-0 lead in the second, before taking the third 2-1 to retain the medal won by Kenny Anderson in Melbourne four years ago.
Coming out of the ring, Callum couldn’t contain his excitement at taking the top prize in Delhi. “I’ve been saying all week what I was going to do and I’ve just gone and done it”, said Callum. “I’m the Commonwealth Games gold medallist and I’ve proved I’m the best in Britain. I want to thank the team for all the support I’ve had. I couldn’t do it without those boys and I couldn’t do it without my family. I know I’m on my own in the ring, but it’s a team effort. I’m just so thankful for their help and I’m over the moon with the result.”
Heavyweight fighter Stephen Simmons was ringside today to support Josh and Callum, wearing his legendary morph suit and ‘see you Jimmy’ hat. The bronze medal winner then changed back into the more appropriate team kit for his medal ceremony to cap off an exciting day for Team Scotland in the ring.
Prince Edward and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond were also present in the crowd to watch Scotland’s two finalists. By winning medals in Delhi, Scotland’s boxers have maintained their enviable record of medalling at every Games since their inception in 1930.