Silver medal for Lochaber Phoenix boxer
LOCHABER Phoenix Boxing Club’s Cameron Whyte came back from the GB Junior Boxing Championships with a silver medal last weekend after an explosive two bouts of boxing in Sheffield.
Cameron’s opponent in his semifinal was Michael Brook of England who came to the ring with the reputation of being an aggressive, high volume punching boxer.
Brook lived up to this reputation in the opening round as he bolted out of the traps like a greyhound throwing combination after combination in an effort to wear down Whyte.
Cameron for the most part stood his ground and threw with Brook in what was a wildly exciting round of boxing as neither fighter gave ground and fired more punches at each other in one round than some boxers do in an entire contest.
Whyte now has a wealth of interna- tional experience and called on that in the second as, realising he needed to create some distance from his opponent, he began to set trap after trap for Brook to fall into and the English boxer duly obliged as he walked onto one eye- catching shot after another as the Lochaber boxer produced probably the best round of his career.
Brook found he could no longer catch the elusive Whyte and the English camp knew they had to change tactics.
Successful international boxers must have the ability to adapt and change tactics during a bout and Brook attempted this in the last round by standing at long range and attempting to outbox Whyte but Cameron was now in the zone and dominated the session and clinched the victory.
The final the next day pitted Whyte against the ultimate schoolboy opponent in any weight in Europe as he faced England’s Barney Docherty, who not only won the European title last year in Russia at the weight above Cameron but won the boxer of the tournament trophy also.
To make things just a little more difficult, Docherty came with an enormous vocal travelling support from the famed Repton boxing club.
Both boxers vied for position at the start of the final and feints were high on the menu as, understandably when boxing at this level, any mistake will be punished.
After exchanging a few straight shots the boxers settled into a pattern that would be the basic premise for the entire contest. Whyte would stalk and Docherty would move, trying to steal punches as he retreated.
Knowing Docherty had edged the opener, Whyte tried to lure him forward but to no avail so at various times Cameron would attempt differ- ent manoeuvres to catch Barney and, although he had success, the English boxer landed a few more single shots to edge the rounds.
The decision went to Docherty but these are the kind of bouts that will enable Cameron to improve and become an even better and more successful boxer.
Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club have also been boosted by the incredible news that reigning IBF World Champion Lee Selby and his brother Andrew, the former amateur world number one and now successful professional, are both visiting the club on Friday April 21 to meet the local boxers, where among other things Lee and Andrew will both pose for photos and autographs.
There will also be lots of Selby autographed goods on sale. Anyone who would like to meet the boys are urged to get in touch with the club.
Cameron Whyte won a silver medal at the GB Junior Boxing Championships in Sheffield.