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Sourcing opponents increasingly difficult for top Highland Boxing Academy fighters


By Andrew Henderson


Head coach Liam Foy says he is finding it tough to find opponents that are willing to head north to fight some of his most decorated boxers.

Representing Highland Boxing Academy, the likes of Ben Bartlett (Strathpeffer) and John Duncan (Dingwall) had success at the Lonsdale Box Cup earlier this year.

Duncan even claimed the prestigious belt to go along with his title.

John Duncan's (red) fight with Navid Hayti was stopped early due to an accidental clash of heads, but the Lonsdale belt winner still won by unanimous decision. Picture: David Rothnie
John Duncan's (red) fight with Navid Hayti was stopped early due to an accidental clash of heads, but the Lonsdale belt winner still won by unanimous decision. Picture: David Rothnie

But with national victories comes a larger reputation, and Foy says that is leaving fighters unwilling to head north for events like the club’s home show last weekend.

“There are a couple of factors that come into why it was so hard to match,” Foy reasoned.

“Primarily it’s because there are a lot of boxing shows on around Scotland, and that’s a good thing for boxing.

“The sport is really healthy right now, there are shows up and down the country in every district every week.

“With the championships having died down, a lot of shows are crammed into this kind of time."

Read more in today's Ross-shire Journal.



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