Seventeen-year-old Lee McGregor exceeded even his own expectations on Saturday after being crowned British youth 49kg boxing champion at Meadowbank.
Defeat of a much more experienced opponent, Sunny Edwards of England, is the icing on the cake for the Meadowbank club amateur boxer who recently won the Eastern District Championships, the Scottish Intermediates title and, just seven days prior, the Scottish finals.
Having only stepped into the ring for his first competitive bout in May 2012, confirming his position as both the Scottish and British No.1 in such a short space of time suggests this teen is destined for the top.
“It’s not really sunk in to be honest,” the former Tynecastle High pupil said. “It was a lot different to my performance in the Scottish last weekend. He (Edwards) was tougher and kept switching all the time going from southpaw and then back to orthodox trying to confuse me. I just had to adjust but I managed to pick him off and I always felt in control.
“He did have his good moments but I always felt like I had the upper on him.
“The crowd were brilliant, as they cheered every single punch, and that helped a lot. One of the GB Boxing coaches that was there gave me a big letter explaining about going to Sheffield to train where the likes of Josh Taylor and that go, so that would be great.”
McGregor’s success is a real compliment to the coaches and trainers of the Meadowbank club, who have provided a platform for the youngster to showcase his potential for a career that, at the moment, has accelerated at an astonishing rate.
The new British champion, who will travel to Sofia in Bulgaria for the World Championships in four weeks’ time, said: “I am the first Scottish champion from Meadowbank for a long time, so I don’t know how long it has been since they had a British one.
“I’m quite nervous about going to the World Championships, but I am looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great experience and I am going to be coming up against the best in the world.
“I’m not going there to make up the numbers, but I’ll just take it step by step.
“It will be my first time abroad going to a boxing tournament, so it’s a big thing for me. I was going to take a wee break, but that won’t be possible now with me going away next month.”