Lewis Benson wins box-off to clinch Games spot

Lewis Benson. Pic: Jane Barlow
Lewis Benson. Pic: Jane Barlow
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Lochend’s Lewis Benson has won his place in this summer’s Commonwealth Games after defeating Glenrothes’ Connor Law by a split decision in a box-off at Glasgow’s High Performance Centre on Saturday.

It is the 22-year-old’s second victory over Law in four weeks after being crowned 69kg Scottish champion at the end of last month, a triumph he was led to believe had guaranteed his spot in Glasgow in July.

However, upon learning he would be required to face Law in a one-off bout due to his opponent’s higher points total attained during the Games qualifying period, Benson had to do it all again behind closed doors.

Nevertheless, Benson will now join club-mate Josh Taylor in donning the blue of Scotland in three months’ time.

“Justice was done on Saturday and I’m now going to the Commonwealth Games,” Benson said. “My nomination has now been put forward and should go through, so I can’t wait to go.

“I didn’t box as well as I did at the Scottish finals last month. The first round was close so I had to pick up my game in the next two. Terry [McCormack] then asked me if I wanted to go to the Commonwealth Games and said it was all on the final round, so I went out and threw punches from the beginning to the end and just outfought him.

“I think he tired before I did, so I think my fitness levels are far superior to his. I certainly felt I won two rounds out of the three and that’s all you really need to do these days. Connor felt he won the fight, but I can’t do anything about that.”

Benson expects to have official confirmation through this week and will take up the remaining 69kg slot available after the team was announced last Wednesday.