Stephen Tiffney wins bronze ahead of British Champs

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Lochend boxer Stephen Tiffney warmed up for next weekend’s British Championships by winning bronze for Scotland at the International Boxam Tournament in Murcia, Spain.

The current 60kg Scottish champion progressed to the semi-finals with victory over Welshman Will Edwards before losing out to France’s Sofian Oumiha by a unanimous decision – team-mates Stephen Boyle and Aqeel Ahmed returning home with bronze and silver respectively.

However, the 26-year-old believes his latest success strengthens his credentials as a genuine contender for the British Championship title in Liverpool a week on Saturday.

“I feel I’ve got as good a chance as anyone and I think I can do well,” Tiffney told the Evening News.

“Winning bronze in Spain has certainly given me that confidence for next week but we’ll just need to wait and see what happens on the day. Hopefully I’ll perform well so I’m looking forward to it.”

Reflecting on his achievements on the continent, Tiffney said: “It was good to come home with something but the rest of the guys were up against it and there were a few dodgy decisions that went against them. It’s hard going as you see such a difference when you’re fighting internationally as the boxers are massive and of such a high standard compared to what we’re used to back home.

“We weren’t really sure what to expect going there so it turned out to be really tough. There were quite a few countries there with their top fighters there so it was a great experience.

“The coaches were happy as we came away with a few wins and even the ones that didn’t bring medals home, they will have gained a lot.”

Tiffney’s Lochend club-mates Matty McHale (52kg) and Tommy Philbin (91kg) suffered defeats in their preliminary bouts in Murcia but Craigmillar’s Jason Easton did make the quarter-finals of the 64kg division with an impressive win over Norway No.1 Salavat Khatuev. However, despite a strong showing in his last-eight bout with home-favourite Johann Orozco Ojeda, it was the Spaniard who progressed by a split decision.