Boxer Lewis Benson is on the verge of a fourth consecutive Scottish senior title after coming through his semi-final bout on Saturday untroubled.
The 23-year-old Lochend fighter convincingly saw off Dennistoun McNair’s Craig McIntyre by a unanimous decision in their 64kg duel at Motherwell’s Ravenscraig Sports Centre.
Standing in his way of a fourth crown in just under three weeks is close friend Jason Easton who boxes out of the Craigmillar gym.
Benson defeated Easton in the final at Meadowbank in 2013, however, Easton will be confident of revenge this time round after he swept aside Greenock’s Robbie McKechnie, again by a unanimous decision to set up the all-Edinburgh clash on March 28.
It proved a mixed afternoon for the Capital’s boxers with Lochend’s Matty McHale (52kg), Stephen Tiffney (60kg) and Tommy Philbin (91kg) all progressing to their respective finals at the end of the month. But Reehan Ali (56kg), Lewis Akinlami (75kg) and Jade Yapp (women’s 60kg) all lost competing under the Lochend banner. Elsewhere, Meadowbank’s Ryan McCutcheon proved too strong for Granite City’s Luke Armstrong in the penultimate round of the 52kg category.
Leith Victoria’s Ross Welsh (81kg) just failed to oust Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Stephen Lavelle, losing by a split decision in what proved to be a closely-fought and well-matched three rounds.
In the 91+kg weight category, Livingston’s Adam Saleta sealed his spot in this year’s finals after stopping Yaseen Senussi of Craigmillar in round two.
Meanwhile, in yesterday’s youth finals at Ravenscraig, Lochend’s Tylar Gibson is the new 60kg champion after overpowering Clydebank Ospreys’ Mark Brown. The 16-year-old has now earned the right to represent his country at the Four Nations tournament in Liverpool next month.
Craigmillar’s Martin Lawrence topped off a good weekend for coach Kenny McCartney by taking gold in the 69kg category with defeat of Dunfermline’s Jimmy Ramsden, and Leith Victoria’s Hamman Saddique won the 49kg final.
However, there was disappointment for both Stephen Murray of Meadowbank (48kg) and Leith’s Connor MacCallum (56kg).