Sean Spence says winning gold at last weekend’s British Senior Championships was the perfect remedy for what he concedes was a hugely disappointing 2015 in the ring.
The Meadowbank 64kg boxer, who finished runner-up in this year’s Scottish Championships, was crowned British champion at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline on Saturday night after England’s Danny Wright was unable to take his place in the ring due to a head cut he sustained from his semi-final victory over Scottish champion Robbie McKechnie the night before.
But, Spence, 23, says it didn’t matter to him either way given the fact he’d been left twiddling his thumbs last year due to ongoing work commitments and a bad break to his finger.
“Before this season got underway, I hadn’t really boxed for almost year. I’m a heating engineer so I work away a lot up in Aberdeen and I’d injured myself too breaking my finger in training so I missed out a lot last year which was really frustrating,” Spence explained.
“So I really had my mind set on making this season a big one where I decided to take some time off my work and everything I’ve put in has definitely paid off. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done to be honest with you.
“I went there knowing there was a chance of being left disappointed but after beating the Welsh champion [Lance Cooksey] on Friday, I found out after that I didn’t need to fight as Danny had been cut badly during his semi. The celebrations could then start from there.
“I felt really low after losing the Scottish title in March. I’d put a lot of work in so I was on a bit of a downer. So to come away with a British gold is just incredible.”