Nic gets taste of ju­niors in Hun­gary

Cam­bus­lang teen gains Euro ex­pe­ri­ence

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang teenage boxer Ni­cholas Devlin was dis­ap­pointed to be knocked out of the Euro­pean Junior Cham­pi­onships but knows he has gained in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence from it.

The 15-year-old was de­feated on points in the sec­ond round as he rep­re­sented Scot­land at the com­pe­ti­tion in Keszthely, Hun­gary, last week.

Ni­cholas, of O’Neils Box­ing Club in Cam­bus­lang, won his box-off af­ter beat­ing fel­low Scot­land squad mem­ber Alexan­der McCormick to earn a call-up.

And he was paired with Alexan­der Tanko of Slo­vakia where he won com­fort­ably by three points to zero in the first round.

Af­ter tak­ing on the Slo­vak south­paw, Ni­cholas faced Ger­many’s Sor Ah­met, who proved too strong for the Scot and won 3:0.

The Cathkin High pupil can be proud of his achieve­ments and, at such a young age, can take the ex­pe­ri­ence he has gained into his next bouts.

Speak­ing to the Re­former this week, Ni­cholas said: “I’m dis­ap­pointed but it is only my first year at junior level.

“It felt good to get the ex­pe­ri­ence but I lost against a Ger­man boy.

“He was a good boxer and I tried my best but he was bet­ter on the day. If I had won the fight then I would have been into the quar­ters go­ing for a bronze medal.

“I did well against the Slo­vakian boy. He was a tall south­paw who kept me at length so I tried to go in­side him.

“I’d like to thank my coaches be­cause I wouldn’t be where I am with­out them.”

Ni­cholas, who won the junior male sports per­former of the year prize at Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Sports Awards this year, tried to em­u­late his suc­cess from his last out­ing in a Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion.

He was the only one in the Scot­land team to bring back a medal – bronze – from last year’s Euro­pean School­boy Cham­pi­onships in Rus­sia. Since win­ning the bout 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 was proud of the young­ster’s ef­fort and knows he will go from strength to strength.

He said: “He did well in the first round against the Slo­vakian but lost the sec­ond. He did re­ally well.

“It was great ex­pe­ri­ence for him. Not ev­ery­one gets that chance and un­for­tu­nately he’s came up against one of the bet­ter box­ers there.”

Ni­cholas will now fo­cus on con­tin­u­ing his hard work at O’Neils while he waits for his next chal­lenge in the ring.

Medal Ni­cholas Devlin with his medal from last year’s Euro­pean School­boy Cham­pi­onships

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