Belgrade boxing silver ‘massive’ for Benson

Lewis Benson. Picture: Contributed

Lewis Benson. Picture: Contributed

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AMATEUR Edinburgh boxer Lewis Benson today described his latest success as “a massive win for me” after beating London Olympian Zdenek Chladek.

Benson followed up last month’s 64kg national title by securing silver in the Belgrade Winners Tournament – one of three medals the Scottish team delivered in the Serbian capital over the weekend.

The 21-year-old defeated the pre-tournament favourite Chladek from the Czech Republic in his first bout before advancing to the penultimate stage where he beat Kazakhstan’s Suleiman Berdukayev.

However, the Lochend fighter eventually succumbed to defeat to Canada’s Yves Ulysse Jr in the final by 13-5.

Benson, who remains upbeat despite his loss at the final hurdle, said: “My first fight was a massive win for me. I wasn’t expected to beat this guy (Chladek) as he’s won medals at the Youth World Championships and went to the London Olympics, so he was a top drawer opponent. I knew I was up against a cracking boy but I boxed him for three rounds.

“My second fight was the best opponent I have ever defeated. He was a tricky southpaw and was the only Kazakh from eight who didn’t make the finals, so that was a great achievement. In the final, he (Ulysse Jr) played me at my own game and I should have been more patient. I wanted gold but if someone had told me at the beginning that I’d walk away with a silver medal then I would have been over the moon.”

Elsewhere, Clovenstone’s Ryan McCutcheon (52kg) and Benson’s Lochend team-mate, Aston Brown (75kg), were both defeated at the quarter-finals stage to Serbia’s Milos Baltic and Hungary’s Zoltan Harcsa. Glenrothes fighter Connor Law, and Glasgow’s Phoenix’s Charlie Flynn, both returned home with bronze medals.