Young champs are boxing clever

Brodie Grant.
Brodie Grant.
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The gloves are off for two champion boxers - but only as they take a short break following their respective victories in the ring.

Brodie Grant is the new Scottish Eastern District champion for the 40 kilogramme division following a superb performance earlier this month at an event in Danderhall, Edinburgh.

The 12-year-old from Rumford, who is still a technical novice having only fought seven previous bouts, was taking part in the open class division, which features boxers with wide-ranging experience.

But Brodie, a pupil at St Andrew’s Primary School in Falkirk, showed no sign of being overawed by his opponents and showed some great skill to land the title.

Shannon McDonald, secretary of Hillpark Amateur Boxing Club in Bannockburn where Brodie trains, said: “He has come on leaps and bounds since he joined us last year.

“To win the eastern district championship, considering that he is still a raw technical novice, is a massive achievement.

“He is a very dedicated trainer and works supremely hard. He’s one of our rising stars and we’re all thrilled at his title win.”

Brodie’s dad David added: “He’s been boxing for around two years now. He trains up to six times a week. He absolutely loves it.”

The Rumford rumbler will now have the honour of competiting in the opening bout of a ‘Scotland v England’ champions event being held at Stirling Rugby Club on February 15.

Meanwhile, Bryce Stewart chalked up his latest victory in the ring last weekend.

The 19-year-old from Larbert, fighting at the 60 kilogramme limit, defeated Michael Hadfield of Hartlepool, a former ABA champion, at a club show held in Newton Stewart, Dumfriesshire.

Bryce was representing Kilsyth Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Club, having previously fought for Zetland in Grangemouth.

When not training, or coaching at Larbert High School, Bryce works with the family building firm.

Both Bryce and Brodie are now focusing their attentions on the Scottish championships next month.