Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - John Gorrod

Two fight­ers from Ruther­glen’s Durie’s Box­ing Club have rep­re­sented Scot­land on the Euro­pean stage.

Kieran Yard­ley (13) and Ger­ard McTag­gart (11) trav­elled to Dublin on July 1 for the Monkstown Box Cup.

The tour­na­ment, which op­er­ated in a knock-out for­mat, lasted for three days at Holy Child com­mu­nity school in Sal­lynog­gin, Dublin.

There were six age groups, rang­ing from 11 to 16, across 13 weight cat­e­gories - and coun­tries from across Europe sent their best box­ers.

Box­ing Scot­land se­lected the pair to com­pete af­ter an open train­ing ses­sion two months ago.

Kieran, from Cam­bus­lang, is Scot­tish In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pion for his age group at 34kgs, while Ger­ard holds the ti­tle of Scot­tish In­ter­me­di­ate Cham­pion for his age group at 34kgs and is also the Western Dis­trict Cham­pion.

Both boys fought in the un­der­36kg cat­e­gory in their re­spec­tive age di­vi­sions and, with seven other fight­ers vy­ing for gold, they faced tough com­pe­ti­tion.

Kieran, with the luck of the draw against him, was nar­rowly de­feated on points at the first stage of the com­pe­ti­tion by Ir­ish cham­pion Brian Lam­bert, who was fight­ing on home turf.

And Ger­ard man­aged to claim sil­ver. He de­feated Wil­liam Louburdu on the open­ing day by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to progress to fight against Ir­ish Cham­pion Pa­trick Corty.

With an im­pres­sive sec­ond round vic­tory un­der his belt, Ger­ard qual­i­fied for Sun­day’s fi­nal, where English Cham­pion Josh Rob­son won in a split­de­ci­sion to take gold.

And the boys’ coach Archie Durie said: “They both have big fu­tures in the sport and did their coun­try proud. They loved the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing part of the Scot­land team. Well done to both of them.”

Davie Yard­ley, Kieran’s fa­ther, said: “It was ex­cit­ing for the wee man. There was a bit of nerves at the be­gin­ning; we thought that he did enough to go through on points but it went to the home boxer which some­times hap­pens in box­ing.”

He con­tin­ued: “It was great for him to wear the Scot­land vest. The big­gest com­pe­ti­tions are where he wants to be.”

And Carolyn McIntyre, Ger­ard’s mother, said: “He ab­so­lutely loved it and he stepped up a level. The whole crowd was shout­ing for him. He stopped the Ir­ish cham­pion in the sec­ond round so gained a lot of con­fi­dence from that.”

“We were ner­vous wrecks but he was ex­cited. We were very proud; I had a tear in my eye. It was just amaz­ing.”

Do­ing Scot­land proud Kieran Yard­ley (left) and Ger­ard McTag­gart (right) with coach Archie Durie

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