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Alness boxer Gliniecki going for gold at Odivelas Box Cup in Portugal

By Will Clark

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Ewan Gliniecki will not accept anything but gold when he heads to Portugal to compete at the Odivelas Box Cup.

The Alness Academy pupil flies out with his father and coach Michael Gliniecki to take on some of the top boxers from across the globe.

Gliniecki, who trains with Highland Boxing Academy, will be fighting in the 2005 48kg division when the competition stars next Friday.

Ewan Gliniecki
Ewan Gliniecki

HBA head coach Liam Foy says it is one of the biggest tournaments the 14-year-old will have fought in his career, where he has established himself as one of the top boxers in Scotland.

“This is a massive international tournament,” he said

“There are over 400 boxers from all over the world competing.

“These box cup tournaments are building up a lot of attention, top international boxers are going to these tournaments.

“Having a boxer like Ewan at the club, it is important that he is given the chance to box at the highest level. This is exactly what this is.”

In preparation for Portugal, Gliniecki has travelled to Carlisle for sparring sessions with some of the top boxers in England.

He has also been travelling to Aberdeen to take part in training sessions as well as in Inverness.

Foy says Gliniecki has high standards on what he wants to achieve in boxing and the club are looking to help him meet those aims.

He says he is in good shape going into the tournament in Portugal.

“We have strived as a club to offer him more opportunities for boxing at a higher level.

“We have also strived to offer Ewan the highest standard training programme as we offer.

“He has been training with as big a variety of sparring partners from all over the country.

“Genuinely he is hitting as harder as he ever has. He is still growing stronger with the older he gets and has gone up a weight division.

“He is going out there to win it, it won’t be given to him on a plate but he is getting the chance to fight at the highest level which is great for him and the club.”

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