Nic, 14 is off to Euros
Cambuslang kid Nic out to prove worth at Euros
Cambuslang kid faces Hungary challenge BACK PAGE
Young Cambuslang boxer Nicholas Devlin will be “Hungary” for success as he represents Scotland in European competition next week.
The 14 year old, who will turn 15 when he travels to Keszthely on June 18, has been selected for Scotland in the European Junior Championships.
Nicholas, of O’Neils Boxing Club in Cambuslang, won his box-off after beating fellow Scotland squad man Alexander McCormick to earn a call-up.
The Cathkin High pupil will be feeling confident going into the competition after he was the only one in the Scotland team to bring back a gold medal from last year’s European Schoolboy Championships in Russia.
Nicholas said: “I’m feeling great and I can’t wait to go. It will be similar to the championships in Russia in terms of the format and I’ll just need to see who I’m up against when I get over there.
“My mum and dad will be there to support me but I’ll be travelling with four other members for Scotland. I’ll be fighting against the number ones of their country at 48kg.”
He added: “I train most days. I’ll train at O’Neils three times a week and go to the training camps with the Scotland squad at the weekend. I do my own training, like running, on the other days.”
Since winning his bronze medal in Russia in November, Nicholas won the Scottish Championships and bagged a third-place medal in the British Championships this year.
He also went toe-to-toe with James Probart, who is ranked third in the world at 48kg, but was unlucky not to get the decision against the Welsh champion.
Nicholas’ coach Brian Murphy said: “He is away for a few days and he’s looking forward to it.
“He was selected for the Scotland squad and will have a few fights while he is there against champions of each country.
“Nicholas has been training all the time. He works really hard and even trains with the Scotland team at the weekends.
“He was boxing against Wales last Saturday against a boy who is a world bronze medallist. Everyone thought Nicholas won the contest but he lost the decision. It just wasn’t to be.
“Nicholas is a nice boy and works really hard. He’s a well mannered young boy, you never get any cheek off him.”
Dad Henry said: “Nicholas is up for it, he’s full of beans.
“He’ll be fighting in four or five bouts in a knockout-style competition for a bronze silver or gold.”
European adventure Young Cambuslang boxer Nicholas Devlin, 14