Zetland entered five boxers in the UK’s biggest sporting event last weekend; the Boxing Scotland novice championships and registered three finalists.
Danas Gelumbekas (13) fought Callum Docherty from Broadwood boxing club this weekend for the 54kg title. The Lithuanian St Mungo’s pupil won his bout in Linwood earlier this month and followed it up with all three rounds of his semi-final with Lewis Henderson from Perth, but lost to the son of former pro boxer Drew, 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 and earned his silver medal.
He was joined in the weekend’s final fights by team-mate Daniel Todd.
The big-hitting 15-year-old light middleweight’s fight with Michael Sandhy of Doonhamers BC was stopped in the first round after a sharp left, straight right combination from the Bo’ness boxer earned a place against Broxburn’s Adam Philip which was also stopped within 90 seconds of the first after the ref gave Philip two counts.
Jamie Brown won a unanimous decision from the judges to progress to the final of the novice 60kg category.
The Redding boxer saw off Kieran Lochran from Dennistoun in a fast-paced bout then did likewise to John Souter from Dundee’s St Francis club to become the Scottish novice champion.
Zetland’s flyweight Jamie Hill was drawn against the more experienced Shahzeb Ahmed from the pro-am Lochend gym, in his semi final. He was caught early by a skilful and tricky opponent but fought on to the final bell and narrowly lost a points decision despite being carded as a 29-28 winner by one of the three judges.
He does have a chance to redress the result next Friday when a re-match is scheduled at the Zetland Gala Boxing Dinner in Airth Castle
Larbert’s middleweight Neil Hutcheson made his senior debut at the championships but the 24-year-old lost to experienced Fife fighter Jay Duncan.
Zetland’s Gala boxing dinner will be held next week (November 8) in Airth Castle Hotel. Tickets are still available by calling 07731943010, 07790597779 or 07952373904.