Nic, 14 is off to Euros

Cam­bus­lang kid Nic out to prove worth at Euros

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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

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