Boxer Josh Taylor delivers gold

Terry McCormack and Josh Taylor. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Terry McCormack and Josh Taylor. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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Boxer Josh Taylor delivered gold at the Tammer Tournament in Finland with a classy display to oust French opponent Hassan Amzile in the 64kg final.

The 22-year-old Lochend star was also credited as the best technical boxer of the competition to cement his position as one of the sport’s most shrewd performers in the ring.

Taylor’s gold, the first ever for Scotland at the annual event, led a strong showing from the eight-man Scottish team, finishing second in the overall medal table behind Ireland with a total of six.

Taylor’s Lochend team-mate Aston Brown (75kg) unfortunately lost his first-round bout to England’s Felix Cash.

Club coach Terry McCormack says it is encouraging Taylor is in such fine form with Glasgow 2014 on the horizon in what is a huge year for the sport and following on from the gold he won at the Golden Gong tournament in Macedonia just over two weeks ago.

McCormack said: “It’s all in preparation for the Commonwealth Games next year so it’s brilliant what he’s managing to achieve at this stage. It’s great he was awarded the best boxer as well because he’s looking so sharp at the moment.”