Lee McGregor eyes British title to add to his treble

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THE achievements of new Scottish youth boxing champion Lee McGregor are quite remarkable considering his debut competitive bout was little more than 18 months ago.

The former Tynecastle High School pupil secured gold at Ravenscraig Sports Complex last weekend in the 49kg weight division, adding to the Eastern District title he won in November and the Scottish Youth Intermediates at the beginning of last month.

The 17-year-old Meadowbank, right, Amateur Boxing Club fighter is certainly making giant strides in the sport, but will face the biggest test of his career this weekend when he represents Scotland at Meadowbank in the British Youth Championships.

He said: “I’ve only had 14 fights and normally people are winning Scottish titles after having 40 or 50 fights. I’m not expected to be winning but that’s exactly what I am doing. I beat David Gunnion in the final with a unanimous decision, but beat David Burrell in the semis who was last year’s champion and has won the British four years in a row.”

Should the youngster add to his accolade on Saturday, he will earn the right to compete at the forthcoming World Championships in Bulgaria next month.

“I’ve done the treble now so I am delighted,” he said. “It’s the big one on Saturday though as I am the only Edinburgh boy representing Scotland at the British Championships. I’ve got a lot of people coming to support me so that will help me fighting on home soil. I want to get the four titles and if I could get that it would just be amazing. I’m feeling confident as I’ve got nothing to lose.”

Lochend boxer, Matty McHale, however, came up short in his 52kg youth final,losing to Stephen Boyle by a unanimous decision.