Lochend’s Lewis Benson moved one step closer to securing his dream of starring in this summer’s Commonwealth Games after he was crowned 69kg Scottish champion at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
The 22-year-old defeated his main rival and reigning 69kg champion Connor Law by a unanimous decision last night and showed the Games’ selection committee he has all the credentials to make a real impression in July if afforded the opportunity.
That decision will be announced in due course, but Benson, who won his third consecutive Scottish title after taking the 64kg crown in 2012 and 2013 before switching to 69kg last year, is confident he has done enough to represent his country in four months time.
“It has to be me,” he said when asked if he feels he should be picked ahead of Law for the 69kg berth in Glasgow. “I’ve just beaten the current Scottish Champion and this is only my fifth fight. I’ve trained so hard for this as I left my job, so it was all or nothing. My fans have came all the way from Edinburgh and they have driven me. Words cannot describe how I am feeling right now – I’m on top of the world.”
Elsewhere, East Lothian’s Gary Fairgrieve came up short in his 91kg contest as he was convincingly beaten by the hugely talented Stephen Lavelle from the Hayfield by a unanimous decision.
And Meadowbank’s Ryan McCutcheon, at 52kg, showed spirit in his bout with Reece McFadden of Forgewood but, ultimately, the 19-year-old lost out after taking some heavy hits.
However, Heriot-Watt University’s Gardener Moore is the new female welterweight champion after she recorded a split decision victory over Renfrewshire’s Gemme Brodie.
Male heavyweight (91kg): Stephen Lavelle (Hayfield) won by unanimous decision against Gary Fairgireve (East Lothian).
Female welterweight: Gardener Moore (Heriot-Watt) won by split decision against Gemma Brodie (Renfrewshire).
Male welterweight: Lewis Benson (Lochend) won by unanimous decision against Connor Law (Glenrothes).
Male flyweight: Reece McFadden (Forgewood) won by unanimous decision against Ryan McCutcheon (Meadowbank).