Nic gets taste of juniors in Hungary
Cambuslang teen gains Euro experience
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