Boxing: Gardner Moore seeking richer pickings

Gardner Moore, right, lands a left-hander on Gemma Brodie
Gardner Moore, right, lands a left-hander on Gemma Brodie
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Scottish 69kg female champion Gardner Moore is hoping for bigger prizes from Boxing Scotland after winning her second consecutive national title last month.

The 25-year-old Heriot-Watt boxer won by a split decision over Renfrewshire’s Gemma Brodie to retain her title at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

Naturally delighted to have come through the bout unscathed, Moore is now hoping for a more lucrative challenge as a reward for her endeavours.

Drawing on a comparison of her male counterparts who are regularly afforded the opportunity of international training camps and competitions, Moore is now making an appeal for the women’s game to be brought up to scratch.

She said: “I think Boxing Scotland have tried to make improvements this season so I’m interested to see what they do.

“This year has been a lot better as last year they moved our finals forward by four weeks and gave us six days’ notice. This year, they have treated us very well actually, which has been nice.

“But if you look at what the male boxers get out of winning the national championships, it’s a lot more than what we get. They get trips abroad to box in bigger tournaments and we’ve got nothing.

“It’s my second consecutive title and I am hoping something more will happen for us this year than it did last. Boxing Scotland are talking about doing a duel match between Scotland and England so it will be interesting to see if that pans out. I’ve never lost in Scotland and I’ve boxed in England, Sweden, Denmark and Cyprus, so I’ve got quite a bit of experience.”

Moore, who moved to Scotland from Connecticut in the US when she was 18, has sympathy for her fellow athletes who have been deprived of the chance to compete for Scotland in at the Commonwealth Games in July.

“I think for boxers that are talented enough and are at the right weight, it is a big disappointment,” she said. “For instance, Katy Atkin (Lochend) is easily the best at 60kg so I think it will be more of a disappointment she isn’t given the chance.

“It’s not necessarily that bad for me because I’m not at a Commonwealth weight.”

Moore wasn’t overly convinced by her own display in the ring against Brodie, but feels her technical ability has improved since switching to the Capital from Glenrothes Boxing Club just over 12 months ago.

Moore, who is currently studying for a masters degree in sport, said: “In comparison to the other bouts I’ve had this season, I don’t think I really boxed that well and felt a bit sluggish, but I’m happy with the decision.

“I think the only big difference this year was that my parents were watching me box live for the first time, so that was an extra pressure. They were really happy afterwards, but had said they were nervous beforehand.

“Heriot-Watt has been wonderful and I think my boxing has improved loads since I moved over there. I can’t thank my coaches Jamie Coyle, Stephen Graham and Stephen McKinnon enough for the progression they have had with my boxing. It’s a really good atmosphere at the gym.

“I really like living in Edinburgh and I’ve been over in Scotland for the whole of my adult life.”