Young O’Neil’s boxer aim­ing for Euro glory in Rus­sia

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Dou­glas Dickie

It will be a case of ‘ From Rus­sia With Gloves’ for young Cam­bus­lang boxer Ni­cholas Devlin this week.

The 14-year-old fighter from O’Neil’s is head­ing out to Rus­sia with the Scot­tish Na­tional team to rep­re­sent his coun­try in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

It’s a ma­jor hon­our for the Cathkin High pupil, who will be up against the finest young box­ers the con­ti­nent has to of­fer.

It comes at the end of a fan­tas­tic week for O’Neil’s, who scooped a hat­trick of gongs at the Scot­tish Novice Cham­pi­onships over the week­end, the big­gest boxing event in the Scot­tish cal­en­dar.

Ni­cholas’s coach, Stephen McLaugh­lin, said: “His coaches his friends and fam­ily, and I’m sure, all of Scot­land would like to wish him and all the Scot­land boxing team the very best of luck.”

O’Neil’s had four box­ers in ac­tion at Mother­well’s Raven­scraig Sports Cen­tre over the week­end in the Novice. Shaun McDon­ald (12) lost out at the semi-fi­nal stage on Satur­day.

But on the same day Danny McMur­ray (13), a pupil at Stonelaw, picked up the 63kg school­boy ti­tle.

The next day, Cathkin pupil Robbie Cruick­shank (15) took the 60kg ti­tle in what was a hard fought fi­nal.

And the club’s 20- year- old Paul Mur­phy left the judges in no doubt with a clear points win to take the se­nior 64kg boxing ti­tle.

Stephen said: “Th­ese boys have all worked very hard to earn th­ese ti­tles.

“Young Shaun tried his best but was up against a very good op­po­nent and it just wasn’t to be for him on the day.

“How­ever, the other three boys have been amaz­ing through­out the tour­na­ment and to come out with three gold medals from four box­ers is a great achieve­ment.”

Ter­rific trio (from left) Robbie Cruick­shank, Paul Mur­phy and Daniel McMur­ray all took gold for O’Neil’s

Jab-tas­tic Ni­cholas Devlin is rep­re­sent­ing Scot­land in Rus­sia

De­feat Lang con­cede again

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