Capital boxers fail to land British titles

Matty McHale was desperately unlucky in his bout, being hit by a stray elbow. Pic: Ian Georgeson

Matty McHale was desperately unlucky in his bout, being hit by a stray elbow. Pic: Ian Georgeson

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Lochend boxing trio Lewis Benson, Matty McHale and Stephen Tiffney all failed in their quest to be crowned British Champion in Rotherham over the weekend.

The Capital fighters had secured their spots in South Yorkshire with victory in their respective finals at the Scottish Championships at Ravenscraig in March.

However, all three were beaten by their English counterparts with Tiffney (60kg) losing by a unanimous decision to Adam Cope, Benson (64kg) defeated by a split decision after the verdict went in favour of Pat McCormack and, McHale (52kg), was stopped in the second round by Muhammad Ali after suffering a cut to his head.

Tiffney, 26, had gone into the competition in buoyant mood having won bronze earlier this month for Scotland at the Boxam Tournament in Murcia, Spain, but found himself up against a more composed boxer who was able to land the better shots from long range.

Benson, meanwhile, who won the British title two years ago, could count himself unlucky with the judges giving his opponent the edge after a hard-fought bout. Teenager McHale was holding his own against the pre-tournament favourite only to suffer an accidental elbow to the head that brought the contest to an abrupt end in round two.