Vicky Glover claimed a historic bronze medal at the European U22 Championships, Scotland’s first ever at European level in women’s boxing, as the Scottish team returned home with two medals from three boxers.
One of Scotland’s first female representatives at both the Commonwealth Games and World Championships, Vicky continued to blaze a trail with a series of composed performances through the rounds. Bronze was assured after a unanimous win over Latvia’s Amanda Millere in the quarter-finals, setting up a semi-final boat against England’s Ellie Scotney. In the end Scotney proved too much, taking the win on points, but Vicky returned to Scotland rightly proud of her achievements.
“Delighted to be part of Boxing Scotland history, winning our first ever female international medal,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Wanted gold but we are getting closer each time. Lost to the better boxer today, no excuses, gave my all, really enjoyed the bout and had a great experience. As always a massive thanks to Boxing Scotland for the opportunity and for getting me where I am, and to my club coaches and team at Forgewood for all the time and effort spent on me.”
Scotland’s second medal came in the Men’s Middleweight event as Sean Lazzerini, former Commonwealth Youth Games champion and Gold Coast 2018 competitor, triumphed over Lithuanian, Bulgarian and Armenian opposition to reach the final. There he met Aleksei Semykin of Russia who proved the eventual winner of a scrappy contest with few clean punches landed on either side. Silver for Sean and another major championship medal to add to his collection.
Tyler Jolly went close to making it three medals from three boxers with a close split decision going against him in the Welterweight quarter-finals. The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist stepped up to U22 level and acquitted himself well against older opposition with a decisive win over his Polish opening round opponent.