Homegrown boxing sensation, Mitchell Barton has recently returned from a mixed emotions trip to Russia, where he lost to a European gold-medalist.
Barton, the current Scottish youth champion, lost by a unanimous decision against Vladislav Muravin, who as well as fighting on home soil, was also the more experienced of the two.
Barton, who lives in Berwick, but who fights out of Chirnside Boxing Club, gave Muravin a lot of trouble throughout his bout and went down fighting.
He commented on the defeat, saying it made him more confident and that he is extremely grateful to his friends and family who support him.
He also expressed his gratitude and utmost respect for Chirnside Boxing Club as without the people there, he would not be in this wonderful situation and also without Boxing Scotland, he wouldn’t have been able to fight in Russia.
Boxing Scotland funded all the trip’s expenses and give opportunities to rising talents all around Scotland.
Barton is now focussing on the upcoming British Championships, being held in Liverpool on April 17 and 18. He is fortunate to only have one fight in this competition, in the heavyweight division, and if he wins it he will be crowned British champion.
Barton has also expressed his desire to fight in the Commonwealth Games if the opportunity ever comes his way in the future..
His intentions to be a boxing masterclass originated from his family: his dad, grandad and uncle all wore the gloves, a true inspiration for him.
In the build-up to the British Championships Barton is training five times a week: three nights at Chirnside and two at home.
There are bigger things to come for Barton as he is also preparing for a big fight in Portugal. He is also due to take part in the forthcoming Chirnside Boxing Club show, which is being held at the Volunteer Hall,Duns,on May 10, when he will face Jay McFarlane, who he has previously beaten.