The Boxing weigh-in was delayed this morning, after problems with the scales meant that almost all of the athletes were over their respective weight categories. With each section clearly defined by weight, every kilo counts.
Heavyweight, Stephen Simmons said: “The scales were meant to be calibrated but it wasn’t done properly and most people were coming out two or three kilos over. Everyone has been put through for now so we could get the medicals and the draw out of the way.”
The fighters will now be officially weighed ahead of their opening bouts, which would happen anyway under competition rules. Stephen remains positive about his chances and say’s the delay won’t have any effect on his preparations.
“The delay doesn’t bother me. They just need to get it sorted so we can get the competition started. If I box to the best of my ability and stay consistent then I should take gold. I need to follow my head rather than my heart and stay focused.”
The medical exam and draw went ahead as planned with two fighters facing home nations competition. Iain Butcher faces Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes, while Aston Brown takes on Welshman Darren Edwards. Competition at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium kicks off on 5 October, with Team Scotland entering the ring for the first time on 6 October.
Team Scotland boxing draw:
49kg – Iain Butcher v Paddy Barnes NIR, 07/10/10
56kg – Joeseph Ham v Luka Sakaria NAM, 09/10/10 (Bye in the first round)
60kg – Josh Taylor v Darren Edwards WAL, 06/10/10
69kg – Aston Brown v Rayton Okwiri KEN, 06/10/10
81kg – Callum Johnson v Krystian Borucki IOM, 09/10/10 (Bye in the first round)
91kg – Stephen Simmons v Masana Manganyi RSA, 09/10/10 (Bye in the first round)
91+kg – Ross Henderson v Alexay Mukhin AUS, 08/10/10