Sil­ver medal for Lochaber Phoenix boxer

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fe­gu­son, The Write Image.

Cameron Whyte won a sil­ver medal at the GB Ju­nior Box­ing Cham­pi­onships in Sh­effield.

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