Boxer Bailee strikes gold again at national champs

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Berwick boxer Bailee Noon is establishing himself as a first class schoolboy contender, after claiming his second gold medal in less than a month.

The 12-year-old Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club member is fast becoming one to watch, with a Scottish Intermediate Championship gold medal the latest addition to his trophy cabinet.

Chirnside ABC chair Michael Black said: “Bailee is going really well. He’s won his last five bouts and claimed two gold medals in the last month - what a great achievement!”

The Berwick Middle School pupil doubled up the Eastern District School Boy champion title he claimed just two weeks ago, when he stormed to a unanimous points victory in the Scottish Intermediate Championship final - for youngsters with between seven and 14 bouts under their belts - on Sunday.

Having defeated Harry Peacock from Renfrewshire ABC by a split decision in the semi-final the previous day, Noon faced Connor McCloud of Granite City ABC in the 2001 born Schoolboy 38kg category final at the Ravenscraig Sports Complex in Motherwell.

With club coach Vaughan Duff and dad Kevin Noon in his corner, the Chirnside youngster showed his mettle with an impressive performance in all three rounds, getting behind his jab and putting together some impressive one-two combinations to strike gold.

Noon was one of six Berwickshire boxers to claim Eastern District titles at the Schoolboy, Youth and Junior championships on January 18, as was his older brother Lewis.

“All the young guns are doing Chirnside ABC proud,” Black added.

The club has since enjoyed a trip to the north east of England with schoolboy boxer Jack Grant and junior Robbie White, both from Eyemouth, fighting on the Birtley ABC show in Gateshead.

Despite giving good accounts of themselves, both of the Chirnside boys were defeated, with Brandon Morrison of the home club overcoming Grant, and White beaten by Carlo Geraldi, also of Birtley.

“Both lads had tough contests and unfortunately both were beaten on points,” Black said. “However, it’s great to build links down in the north east - hopefully there’ll be many more trips there.”