Teen trains hard
Vicky will go toe-to-toe with English champion
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.
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