Teen trains hard

Vicky will go toe-to-toe with English cham­pion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

A Ruther­glen teenager ad­mits she’s been train­ing harder than ever be­fore in prepa­ra­tion for this week­end’s fight which will see her rep­re­sent her coun­try.

Six­teen- year- old Vicky Glover will go toe-to-toe with an English cham­pion in the semi-fi­nal of the Bri­tish Tri Na­tions tour­na­ment in Rother­ham.

The for­mer Stonelaw High School pupil is a Scot­tish cham­pion at the 54kg weight di­vi­sion and is de­ter­mined to add a Bri­tish ti­tle to her list of achieve­ments in the sport.

Dur ie’s BC boxer Vicky rep­re­sented Scot­land in last year’s tour­na­ment but was knocked out in the sec­ond round of her bout.

Now she has been work­ing con­sis­tently in Archie Durie’s Cam­bus­lang Road gym to pre­pare for what is set to be one of the big­gest fights in her am­a­teur box­ing ca­reer.

“This will be my sec­ond time,” Vicky told the Re­former. “I didn’t do so well last year but I’ve been train­ing harder and I’m feel­ing good for it.

“I got knocked out last year. Maybe it was the fit­ness that let me down. I con­trolled the first round and got re­ally into the sec­ond but she caught me. “I’m feel­ing con­fi­dent this time.” Vicky walked through the doors of Durie’s Box­ing Club at 10-years-old and has since shown great prom­ise in the ring.

Coach Archie reck­ons she is des­tined for great things in women’s box­ing and would love her to repli­cate the per­for­mances shown by top fe­male box­ing cham­pion Katie Tay­lor.

The Ir­ish sportswoman has won five con­sec­u­tive gold medals at the Women’s World Cham­pi­onships, six gold medals at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, and five gold medals at the Euro­pean Union Cham­pi­onships. She also re­cently fought on the David Haye vs Tony Bellew un­der­card at Lon­don’s O2 Arena last month.

“Women’s box­ing is get­ting stronger and stronger,” Archie said. “You can see that with the likes of Katie Tay­lor on the TV - she’s some­thing else.

“I class Vicky the same as I would Katie Tay­lor, she is that good. She cer­tainly has the qual­ity to fol­low in Katie’s foot­steps.

“Vicky came through my door at 10 years of age. She was a wee toe-rag but she has chan­nelled her ag­gres­sion well, she’s phe­nom­e­nal at box­ing.

“You will see her box­ing at the Olympic Games and box­ing pro­fes­sion­ally, that’s how much I rate her. She’s re­ally top notch.

“It’s very hard to match her th­ese days be­cause she is so ex­pe­ri­enced. She’s had 16 bouts and only lost four of them.”

Vicky will travel to Eng­land with the Scot­land squad on Fri­day. If she wins her semi-fi­nal, she will fight the win­ner of the Eng­land v Wales match-up in Sun­day’s fi­nal.

Bat­tle of Bri­tain Vicky Glover

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