With an impressive five boxers in semi-final action, it was a busy day ring-side at the Bahamas 2017 Youth Games.
Tyler Jolly was the first Team Scotland fighter to enter the ring and he wasted no time in progressing to the gold medal bout after the referee called a halt to the fight in the first round.
Jolly, whose lightning fast victory will keep him fresh for the final, said: “I knew from having done my research that I had a really good shot of progressing. I could see clearly at the beginning that I was too strong and too clever for him. Now it is all about staying focussed, tomorrow is going to be a much tougher fight for the gold.”
Lewis Johnstone appeared inspired by his team mate’s success when he took to the ring in Saturday’s evening session. Johnstone, who carried the flag for Scotland at the Opening Ceremony, was cheered on to a unanimous win by his fellow members of Team Scotland.
Now looking forward to the gold medal bout tomorrow, Johnstone said: “That was absolutely incredible, the atmosphere in the arena is 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 to get the victory. Now, it is time to focus on recovery so that we can all enjoy it again tomorrow night. I expect a big crowd tomorrow night and a strong Team Scotland representation. I led the team out which was amazing, now I want to close the Youth Games with the gold.”
Having already made history as Scotland’s first ever female boxer at Commonwealth level, Megan Gordon was looking to go one step further by securing a fight for gold.
Unfortunately, it was not to be for the youngster who lost by split decision to New Zealand. However, Gordon will still become the first ever female boxer to medal for Team Scotland when she collects the bronze medal tomorrow.
Taylor Hamilton and Sam Hickey both fought hard in bouts that could have gone either way on the night but ultimately went against the Scots. Both will collect bronze medals before departing the Bahamas tomorrow. Speaking after an agonisingly close fight, Sam Hickey said: “That was a tough call right there, I have fought him before and sadly been on the same end of the result. That makes it hurt even more. I am extremely proud of the whole Boxing team’s efforts but I really wish I was in the final tomorrow night.”