International debut for junior boxer at GB champs

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CHIRNSIDE Amateur Boxing Club member Lewis Noon has made his international debut at the Great Britain Junior Championships.

The cream of junior boxing talent from Scotland, England and Wales battled it out at the event to be crowned the Kings of the UK at the Ravenscraig Sports Complex in Motherwell on Friday and Saturday.

Despite a battling, gutsy performance, Noon eventually lost out on points to Welsh opponent Thomas Lewis.

But the Berwick youngster can take plenty of positives from Friday’s bout.

Michael Black, Chirnside ABC chairman, said that selection to the Scotland team was Noon’s reward for all his hard work.

“Lewis is one of those kids who goes for a run before school ,” he explained. “He’s really dedicated.

“He got beat 11-8 at the GB championships in a bout which many thought he deserved to win. He was slightly disappointed by the result, but it was a great experience for Lewis, and he will gain confidence from his debut in an international competition.

“Everyone at Chirnside Boxing Club is really proud of him!” Black added.

The 14-year-old was named in the Scotland team for the championships following a training and selection process in Motherwell, after impressing selectors in six rounds of sparring.

He stayed in Glasgow with the Scotland squad ahead of the competition.

Noon’s national selection rounds off a great second season for Berwickshire’s only boxing club, which has been affiliated to Amateur Boxing Scotland since 2010.

Training has now finished for the summer, and the Club will hold its end of season presentation night at the Robins Nest Hotel on Saturday, where prestigious awards will be up for grabs.