KID GLOVES SHINE FOR SCOTS TEAM
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