Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with Boxing Scotland has confirmed that Lochend’s Lewis Benson will take the tenth and final boxing berth for Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014.
Following last week’s selection announcement of nine boxers, Benson faced a box-off against Connor Law (Glenrothes) last weekend, in the ultimate decider as to who would go to the Games in the 69kg Welterweight category. In an outstanding and close fought bout, Benson won 2:1 on a split decision. He was subsequently nominated for selection by Boxing Scotland.
Following a review by the CGS Selection Panel, his selection was ratified and Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Jon Doig said: “We are pleased to have finalised the boxing selections for Team Scotland with the addition of Lewis Benson. Many congratulations to him on clearing the final hurdle and joining the rest of the team. We wish him all the very best as he heads off to Australia soon with the rest of the boxers to make their final preparations for the Games.”
Richard Thomas, Boxing Scotland Chairman, said: “The box-off to decide our 69kg Glasgow 2014 nominee was essential, and in line with our selection policy, because our nomination panel could not separate the two boxers in contention.
“Congratulations to Lewis whose addition to the team makes it a tremendous ten boxers representing Scotland in Glasgow 2014.”
Today’s announcement brings the total Team Scotland numbers selected so far to 123 with an anticipated final team size in the region of 270 athletes.
Lewis Benson 69kg – Welterweight